American Hospital Association
Health Research & Educational Trust

Falls


Importance

Patient falls, an unplanned descent to the floor that results with or without injury to the patient, affect upward of 1,000,000 patients each year and ranks among the most frequently reported incidents in hospitals and other health care facilities (AHRQ, 2013). Among adults aged 65 or greater, falls are the leading cause of injury-related death, the most common cause of non-fatal injuries and the leading cause of hospital admissions for trauma (CDC, 2015). Fall risk and the associated injury and cost are challenges within health care facilities and in the community. A patient fall can increase the length of stay, increase health care utilization, increase costs and result in poorer health outcomes. Learn more about the physical and emotional costs of falls to patients and their families from Irene.

Accomplishments

From 2015 to 2016, the AHA/HRET HEN 2.0 prevented an estimated 1,409 falls with an estimated cost savings of over $18,265,000.

 

20 percent reduction in patient falls by September 27, 2018.

Partnership for Patients (PfP) Goal