Michigan personal injury lawyers often see medical malpractice cases arising from a patient falling in a hospital, whether it's falling out of bed, while walking to the bathroom or through the facility, or even being dropped by staff during transfers. According to VHA, Inc. the fall rate in hospitals is 3.0 per 1,000 patient days.
How to Prevent Patients from Falling
The reason for falls are often obvious, therefore with certain interventions hospital falls can easily be prevented. These interventions include:
- Toileting and continence programs
- An appropriate armchair with wheels locked at the patient's bedside
- Comprehensive patient assessment and environmental assessment
- Ensure that the pathway to the restroom is free of obstacles
- Bathroom close to bed or bedside commode
- Medication review (reconciliation of medication should also be done)
- Instruct the patient or resident to request assistance as needed - call before you fall
- Answer call lights promptly and one hour rounds
- Instruct the patient to wear non-skid footwear
- Place assistive devices such as walkers and canes within a patient's or resident's reach
- Evaluate chair and bed height
- Consider peak effect for prescribed medications that affect level of consciousness, gait and elimination when planning patient care
- Reduce use of restraints
- Observe environment for potentially unsafe conditions, such as loose carpeting and water on the floor
- Notify appropriate department(s) of hazardous conditions
Legal Rights For Patients Injured In Michigan Hospital Falls
Patients who suffer injuries due to falls in hospitals do have legal rights. The patient, or most typically a concerned family member, should contact our office immediately after a fall accident to investigate the cause of the accident. These injuries are often not well-documented by the facility or the staff and it is necessary to do a full investigation, especially because the patient does not always have the ability to remember or describe the incident. An injured patient may be entitled to monetary compensation for the injuries suffered in a fall if the hospital failed to take proper preventative fall measures.
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