A fall may result in fractures, lacerations, or internal bleeding, leading to increased health care utilization (“Preventing Falls in Hospitals”, 2013). The Joint Commission reported that a fall could potentially increase a patient’s hospital stay by adding 6.3 days. The Joint Commission also reported that the average cost of a fall is about $14,000. This is why it is very important to stress to nurses and all health care workers the importance of fall prevention strategies.
The first method of preventing falls is that the nurse does a risk for fall screening on admission. Nurses can use the Morse Fall Scale or the Hendrich II Fall Risk Model (for older adults) and integrate that into the electronic medical record. A nurse has to check off the criteria or provide a score for each category, total the amount of categories checked, and then based on that score initiate necessary interventions and fall precautions. The patient would get a fall risk wristband, which would allow all health care workers to taken special consideration when providing