Data Snapshot: Faces of Falls
Falls are a common and often devastating health threat for hospitalized patients, as they can cause serious injuries such as a hip fracture, and even lead to death.1 Falls in Pennsylvania continue to be one of the biggest contributors to patient harm and the fourth-most frequently reported event.2 An estimated 1 out of every 56 inpatients will fall in a Pennsylvania hospital.
Moyer VA U.S. Preventative Services Task Force. Prevention of falls in community-dwelling older adults; U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommendation statement. Ann Intern Med. 2012;157:197-204.
Patient Safety Authority. Annual Report 2018 [online]. 2019 May 22 [cited 2019 Jun 6]. Available from internet: http://patientsafety.pa.gov/PatientSafetyAuthority/Documents/2018%20PSA%20 Annual%20Report.pdf.
Doering, M., & Wolf, M. Final Guidance for Acute Healthcare Facility Determinations of Report-ing Requirements Under the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (MCARE) Act (n.d.). Harrisburg, PA.
Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (MCARE) Act, Pub. L. No. 154 Stat. 13 (2002).
Patient Safety Authority harm score taxonomy. Harrisburg (PA): Patient Safety Authority; 2015. 1p. Also available: http://patientsafety.pa.gov/ADVISORIES/Documents/Tool%20PDFs/201503_tax-onomy.pdf.
Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) [website]. [cited 2019 Dec 19]. Har-risburg (PA): PHC4. http://www.phc4.org