Challenge 14


Every second an older adult falls in America. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately 2.8 million older adults are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries every year, including 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) reports that between 700,000 and a million people fall in the hospital each year. Significant research has been conducted over the last several decades to minimize harm and mortality due to falls but the topic still remains one of the great challenges facing hospitals today.

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Each year an estimated 646, 000 individuals die from falls globally. Of which over 80% are in low and middle-income countries.1

World Health Organization. (2017). Falls. (Cited 2017 August).

The rate of patient falls in ambulatory surgery centers was found to be 0.124 per 1,000 admissions, according to the ASC Quality Collaboration Report: 3rd Quarter 2013.2

Vaidya, Anuja. (2014). Three Statistics on Rate of Patient Falls Per 1,000 ASC Admissions. (Cited 2014 January 27).

Between 700,000 and 1,000,000 people experience falls in U.S. hospitals annually. 30 to 50% of those falls result in an injury.3

MCN Healthcare. (2016). Patient Falls Top TJC’s 2Q 2016 List of Reported Sentinel Events. (Cited 2016 August 8).

Accidental falls are among the most common incidents reported in hospitals, complicating approximately 2% of hospital stays. Rates of falls in U.S. hospitals range from 3.3 to 11.5 falls per 1,000 patient days.4

U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. (2014). Falls Among Adult Patients Hospitalized in the United States: Prevalence and Trends. (Cited 2014)