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Most Nursng Home Falls are Preventable

Nursing Home Falls are Preventable

Most nursing home falls are preventable.  In my experience one of the more preventable types of abuse and neglect that occurs in a nursing home would be fault events. There are many types of fall events which occur in a nursing home some of the more common include:

  • Falls as a result of the call light not been answered in a timely fashion or on a regular basis. Often times residents are unable to wait for aides to respond to a call lights an attempt to toilet themselves or transfer themselves without the assistance of staff due to urgency.
  • Falls which occur as a result of medication errors.. Many preventable falls occur due to medication errors including failure to provide necessary medications, improper dosages of medications, medication reactions with each other, or other medication mistakes often coupled with other factors frequently lead to confusion, dizziness, balance or other mobility control issues therefore resulting subsequent preventable falls.
  • Falls as a result of improper transfers by staff. Many falls occurred during improper transfers usually as a result of and in adequate number of staff¬† performing the transfer, or the lack of proper equipment. Residents who require mechanical lifts for transfer from their bed to the wheelchair from the wheelchair to their bed as well as during toileting are at risk of falls or being dropped from the equipment which mechanically transfers them. It is essential staff is trained on the proper use of all mechanical lifts and transfer equipment. Often simple things like failing to lock the wheelchair wheels or bed wheels can result in serious injuries from a transfer.
  • Falls often occur as a result of residents who roll out of bed. Many preventable injuries occur when a resident rolls out of bed. Often due to illness, medications, slim simply moving in their sleep, self transfers, and other issues result in residents that wall or fall from their bed. Even though the fall is often less than a few feet the injuries as a result of these falls can be very severe including fractures of the skull caps and other major bones. These types of injuries can be prevented through proper assessment of residents, monitoring of their risk factors, and interventions to decrease the likelihood of any resulting injury due to a fall. Common interventions include floor mats, bed rails, lowered mattresses, the removal of any object someone could strike if they did fall such as a nightstand and other easy and usually low cost measures that could be taken to reduce the likelihood of a serious injury from a resident fall.
  • Falls often occur as a result of residents who roll out of bed. Many preventable injuries occur when a resident rolls out of bed. Often due to illness, medications, slim simply moving in their sleep, self transfers, and other issues result in residents that wall or fall from their bed. Even though the fall is often less than a few feet the injuries as a result of these falls can be very severe including fractures of the skull caps and other major bones. These types of injuries can be prevented through proper assessment of residents, monitoring of their risk factors, and interventions to decrease the likelihood of any resulting injury due to a fall. Common interventions include floor mats, bed rails, lowered mattresses, the removal of any object someone could strike if they did fall such as a nightstand and other easy and usually low cost measures that could be taken to reduce the likelihood of a serious injury from a resident fall.

Falls are Preventable – Injuries from Nursing Home Falls

Some of the more common injuries from falls include fractures and particularly for elderly women of the hips and skull. Any kind of serious injury which requires medical attention and hospitalization and the resulting period of bed rest puts elderly residents at great risk of further complications including respiratory distress since laying in bed for long periods of time decreases the effectiveness and ability of their ability to breathe and swallow. Many cases where someone sustains a fall result in the resulting death of the otherwise healthy elderly person within 90 or 120 days either from respiratory distress strain on the heart or some other condition such as pressure sores urinary tract infection or other complications. Therefore, it is essential that every effort is taken to prevent falls in the resulting injuries in the nursing home setting.

Federal regulations require that nursing homes take reasonable steps to prevent accidents when possible. If you believe a family member has suffered a fall and resulting injuries due to the neglect, inattentive monitoring, the failure to provide proper training or transfer equipment, a lack of responsiveness from staff in answering call lights or any other reason please feel free to contact nursing home abuse and neglect attorney Kenneth L. LaBore for a free consultation. Mr. LaBore can be reached in the Minneapolis Twin City area at 612-743-9048. Our firm handles cases throughout the state of Minnesota to call our toll-free number dial 1-888-452-6589. You can send an email to attorney Ken LaBore at: KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com

 

 

 

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