According to a recent study, there are around one million inpatient falls occurring in the United States per year. While some falls occur because of a patient’s medical condition, some falls occur due to the caregiver’s negligence. If a fall occurs to a caregiver of the hospital being negligent, the hospital could be held liable.
Causes of Hospital Falls
A patient is in the hospital because they are sick and sometimes this can include being weak or disoriented. If a patient is weak or disoriented it can be very difficult to do simple tasks such as using the bathroom. The hospital has a duty to assess any fall risk and take the necessary precautions to help prevent them.
Falls can occur for a variety of reasons. Some examples of causes are:
- Bed rails not functioning properly
- Bed exit alarms not being turned on
- Locating high risk patients in rooms far from the nurses station
- A poor fall risk assessment
- A patient getting up when a call button is unanswered
- Allowing high risk patients to get out of bed without supervision
- Transferring or moving patients without adequate staff
Injuries Sustained Due to Falls
Patients that suffer a fall due to negligence can suffer from a wide range of injuries. Often when a patient is injured in a fall, the injury sustained from the fall can lead to other serious injuries or illnesses. Some of these include:
- Head injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal or external bleeding
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