In this whitepaper, we will discuss that falls are the most adverse event in hospitals and how technology can help in predicting and preventing falls.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the most common adverse event in hospitals among adults aged 65 and older accounting for about 35% of all the reported adverse events. In healthcare settings, falls are the leading cause of injury and death among hospitalized patients. It is estimated that each year, approximately 700,000 to 1 million patient falls occur in U.S. hospitals, resulting in around 250,000 injuries and up to 11,000 deaths.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) incentivizes hospitals to prevent falls in hospitalized and recently discharged patients. Therefore, preventing falls is a top priority for healthcare organizations. One way to do this is by using technology to predict and prevent falls.
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