As healthcare professionals, we intuitively know patient falls are a big issue for hospitals. So it’s not surprising that hospital falls have become a hot topic during the past few years.

Since 2008, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have modified the reimbursement structure of payment, denying or limiting hospital reimbursement that results from adverse events that may occur to a patient while in the hospital.

Falls, and the traumatic injuries caused by falls in the hospital setting, are key components to this program. It is estimated that between 700,000 and 1 million falls occur in U.S. hospitals annually costing real dollars.

Those dollars are estimated at more than $31 billion spent on non-fatal fall injuries in 2015. A hospital fall can add $14, 000 and more than six days to a hospital stay.

You can earn one contact hour learning about research that demonstrates early mobility is essential to patient recovery in the hospital in our webinar.

The webinar explores why it is essential that hospital staff understand the importance of maintaining patient mobility while patients are in the hospital and implement fall prevention strategies to keep patients safe when ambulating.

By providing a safe hospital environment for patients, completing thorough clinical assessments, improving both patient and staff education and promoting open communication among team members, clinical staff can minimize the risk of patient falls and improve patient safety.

Check out the webinar, “Inpatient Fall Prevention: The Balance Between Mobility and Safety,” to learn more about falls and fall prevention.