Falls in nursing homes fact sheet


Fact sheet hospitals 03 Falls facts for nurses Preventing Falls and Harm From Falls in Older People: Best Practice Guidelines for Australian Hospitals 2009 Nurses have an important role to play in preventing falls and harm from falls in older patients. You are well positioned to drive organisational change to prevent falls through a team approach “It is a pleasure ordering from In the Know. Keep up the excellent customer service!!” ~ Linda H., RN (Holland Home) “Since we began utilizing In the Know inservices in the self-study option, 20 to 30 caregivers participate instead of the usual 6 to 10. In 2013, direct medical costs for falls—what patients and insurance companies pay—totaled $34 billion (Centers for Disease Control [CDC], 2015). If hourly nursing rounding can reduce the incidence of falls, the risk of accidental injury and death will be decreased, and substantial cost-savings for an organization can be realized. About 5% of adults 65 and older live in nursing homes, but nursing home residents account for about 20% of deaths from falls in this age group. 4 Each year, a typical nursing home with 100 beds reports 100 to 200 falls. The 'Managing Falls and Fractures in Care Homes for Older People good practice resource' is a revised and improved edition of the resource pack launched in 2011. This resource pack will help staff in care homes to assess how well falls prevention and management and the prevention of fractures is being addressed in their service.