High Risk Fall Solutions -Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Falls are on the increase. More and more reports are now found online surrounding the issues of patient falls within the NHS. Falls and fractures are common and a serious problem effecting older people. Hospitals around the UK are receiving high fall risk patients as a result of this. It is reported that between the 1st October and 30th September 2012 there was 209,000 occurred falls in UK hospitals. The estimated cost on the NHS due to fall related injuries is estimated at £2.3 billion per year. (NICE, 2013). As well as the cost on the NHS, falls cause additional suffering for the patient, not only do they experience cuts and bruises, but it can lead to serious injuries such as hip fractures or head injuries which can cause death.