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As healthcare professionals, we intuitively know patient falls are a big issue for hospitals. We have seen people suffer from secondary injuries resulting from these incidents.
Over the last several years, hospital falls have become a hot topic. 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 which 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 the CMS program.
It is estimated that between 700,000 and 1 million falls occur in U.S. hospitals annually costing real dollars, according to a Center for Disease Control and Prevention report, “Important Facts about Falls.”