To address the challenge of patient falls and the cost associated with it, most hospitals assign staff to sit in high fall risk patients’ rooms. Sitters have never been proven effective and no matter how plentiful the staffing budget, no hospital can afford one-to-one staffing for every high fall risk patient. Leaders at Sentara Healthcare, based in Norfolk, VA, decided to deploy technology to address the issue- and it worked. Since using technology to monitor patients at high-risk of experiencing a fall, fall rates have declined by as high as 80 percent in some units, generating significant cost savings.
Read the full article here, to learn more about Sentara Healthcare’s successful fall reduction program.