Preventing hospital & clinic slip and-falls
http://www.wirelessnursecall.com/fall.html | Slips, trips, and falls are a major cause of patient and employee injury in health care settings. Health care facilities can cut costs and improve patient outcomes by taking proactive measures to address the problem.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Preventing Hospital & Clinic Slip-and-Falls
Exposed cords for medical equipment, wet floors, loose floor tiles – potential causes of slip and
falls in hospital environments abound, contributing to thousands of injuries each year.
Eliminating these preventable causes of injury should be a priority for hospitals and other
medical facilities, as they have a significant impact on human health and facility profitability.
Ensuring quick response to slips and falls by having adequate emergency call systems in place in
health care facilities can also help mitigate the problem.
Slip-and-falls are the leading causes of injury in hospitals and clinics for employees and patients
alike, according to the National Institute of Health. Finding ways to reduce slips and falls can
improve patient outcomes, reduce employee costs, and promote better health for all.
In the work place, slips and falls are a major source of injury. According to the Bureau of Labor
Statistics, slips and falls account for nearly a third of all workers’ compensation costs. The
problem is particularly bad in health care environments. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states
that slips, trips, and falls are the second most common cause of lost workday injuries in
hospitals. Hospitals have the largest percentage of slips, trips, and falls of any industry, with 38.2
per 10,000 employees.
Health care employees aren’t the only ones in danger of a slip, trip, or fall in a hospital or clinic.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, slips, trips and falls are a
common cause of injury in health care environments for patients. About a million patients fall in
inpatient settings each year. Only about one to three percent of these falls result in a fracture, but
even minor injuries sustained in a fall can impact patient recovery.
Why Falls Happen in Hospitals
Hospitals are fast paced environments where many people are constantly moving. Many
employee slips, trips and falls happen when nurses, doctors and others are trying to quickly move
from one part of the facility to another. Because they are always on the move, hospital
employees may forget to safely put away equipment or set it up in a manner that minimizes fall
risk. Among hospital patients, their physical condition puts them at greater risk of falling,
particularly if they try to get up from the hospital bed unaided. Many hospital patients are also
elderly, and age-related frailties many make them more susceptible to falls.
Slips, trips, and falls cannot be entirely eliminated, but many are preventable, and health care
facilities that take proactive measures can see a great reduction in these incidents.
How to Reduce Slips, Trips & Falls
Hospitals and clinics that want to reduce their number of slip, trip, and fall incidents would be
well-served by adopting these practices:
Create a culture of safety with posters and other printed materials emphasizing safety.
Have regular reminders about slip, trip, and fall prevention. Also have regular training
regarding safety. By keeping safety on your employees’ minds, you boost their awareness
Evaluate your facility and eliminate hazards such as divots in floors, loose tiles, peeling
floor tape, etc.
Make sure work areas are uncluttered.
Ensure adequate staffing to adequately monitor and assist patients.
Implement policies to ensure cords are safely stored and handled.
Make sure mats and runners are used properly.
Have adequate nurse call systems in place to allow staff to quickly respond to
emergencies involving slips, trips, and falls.
With a little diligence and effort, hospitals and clinics can greatly improve their slip, trip, and fall
numbers. Systems Technologies provides a variety of wireless nurse call solutions and fall
prevention products for health care providers. Health care facilities seeking to reduce slip, trips,
and falls can help stack the odds in their favor with these products.