PATIENT PARTNERING TO REDUCE FALLS
Between 700,000 and one million patients fall in hospitals each year, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
The elderly are at highest risk of falling. Studies have shown that elderly patients taking four or more prescription medications are at three time's greater risk for falls than are other patients.
But other patients are at risk if:
- They have an impaired memory.
- They have muscle weakness.
- They use a cane or walker to help them walk.
"Patient Partnering," an intervention to reduce a patient's risk of falling, is being used in some oncology areas to help reduce falls. Watch the video for more details.
Patient Partnering for Fall Prevention