By: Caroline Mason
Twenty percent of hospital patients are falling each year while in the hospital for other problems. Not only do 25 percent of the elderly patients who suffer from these falls die from related complications, they are also a huge financial burden. These falls are completely preventable.
Many doctors and nurses think that the falls are inevitable when in reality only simple preventative measures are necessary to prevent the falls. Because the falls are preventable, Medicare will no longer reimburse hospitals for "fall-related" treatments and are considered "never events."
Patients should not be worrying about injuries or death from falling when they are coming to hospitals to get better.