Jefferson University Hospitals

Falls with Injuries

Falls are a common cause of injury in the community and in hospitals. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one in three adults aged 65 and older fall each year. Moreover, for this group of seniors, falls are the most common cause of injury and hospitalization, accounting for 2.3 million nonfatal injuries in 2010 and more than 650,000 hospital admissions, according to the CDC.

Falls with Injuries

Falls with Injuries
Falls with Injuries - Legend

The Federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality estimates that about one-third of the 700,000 to 1 million falls that occur each year in hospitals can be prevented with the use of recognized, evidence-based best practices. Preventing injuries to our patients from falls is a goal of all Jefferson staff and a fundamental aspect of our mission and values. Key aspects of our efforts to prevent falls include identifying patients at high risk due to their illness, medication or other factors and ensuring good communication among clinical staff, patients and families.

What We are Doing to Reduce Our Rates of Falls with Injuries

  • A multidisciplinary committee focuses on increasing awareness of prevention strategies and enhanced communication with all clinicians.
  • Continuous education for staff on best practices, use of equipment such as bed and chair alarms to prevent falls, daily falls assessment, and use of intervention tools for all patients.
  • Daily huddles (meetings) to identify high-risk patients for all caregivers as well as post-falls huddles to identify and eliminate root causes in an effort to prevent additional falls.
  • Developing patient/family education materials and working with interventional outpatient areas to refine their assessment and risk tool.
  • We continually evaluate current literature to enhance our practice related to falls prevention.