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 Having A Sitter Can Prevent Patient Hospital Falls
Patients who are at risk for self-harm or who are impaired and unable to follow instructions may need a sitter. All hospitals should have a sitter policy but a sitter may also be ordered by the physician. If a patient has a sitter, they will not be left alone lowering their risk to fall. Sitters can be hospital employees with completed sitter competencies or non-licensed working under the direction of the nurse.
The sitter's responsibilities include:
- Continuous one to one observation
- Maintaining a safe environment
- 1:1 observation for patients in restraint and seclusion unless video/audio
- Never leaving the patient alone
Legal Rights For Patients Injured In 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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