According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2013), the financial cost of a fall with injury in an older adult is estimated at $17,500. In response to these risks, nurses often turn to 1:1 patient companions as an intervention to prevent falls (Rochefort, Ward, Ritchie, Girard, & Tamblyn, 2012). Because of the expense of 1:1 patient companions, remote video monitoring has become an attractive option to reduce falls as it allows one telesitter to observe and verbally redirect multiple patients from a remote location.
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