Falls are a serious patient safety problem, accounting for nearly 84% of all inpatient incidents. Among adults 65 years or older, falls are the leading cause of injury-related death. A fall resulting in a serious injury can cost an additional $13,300 and increase the length of stay by 6.27 days for each patient.
The strategies reviewed below can greatly reduce the number of falls. Together, we can make a difference.
Falls Prevention Awareness Day is September 22
Gov. Inslee has declared September 22 Falls Prevention Awareness Day, which is an opportunity to engage your organization in efforts to reduce falls that result in injuries. This is a relevant issue for Washington State, as 13 percent of residents are older than 65, and falls are the leading cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions among these adults. In addition, the rate of death from falls among older adults has increased 25 percent in the last 18 years. (Click here to read the rest of the article and click here to view Governor Inslee’s proclamation.)
Join National Council On Aging and partners for their annual Falls Prevention Awareness events! (Click here to explore their events offered).
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Fall Prevention Call to Action Video:
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