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Did you know that one in every three adults over the age of 65 falls once a year? Approximately 75% of falls in hospitals are related to predictable intrinsic (physiologic) factors and are preventable. Despite that, in-hospital patient falls are almost always the most frequently reported incident, a complication which costs $20.2 billion annually in diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation services – not to mention the cost to patients and families. For those over 75 who fall and have a serious injury, about 50% will die within the following year as a result of complications.
Using the Hendrich II Fall Risk Model, nurses and others care providers can determine risk and implement strategies to prevent falls. This video demonstrates a fall risk assessment and interpretation, as well as outlines research that has allowed Hendrich to hone in on the numerous probable causes evaluated after falling takes place, and to limit the predictive assessment to eight specific factors. This video organizes information in chaptered formats for viewers interested in specific aspects of the program.
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