I. CHALLENGES IN HEALTHCARE INSTITUTIONS
While providing the important work of caring for the ill, clinical and nursing facilities face at least one of the listed challenges:
Demands for innovation & highest quality of care
Limited budget and staff
3. TIME PRESSURE
Pressure to limit care time and hospitalization
Care for a growing aging population
II. RISKS IN HEALTHCARE INSTITUTIONS
Elderly and the very ill face additional health risks when receiving clinical care, of which most common are:
Pressure ulcers are the most frequent of total Patient-Safety-Events leading to excess suffering and costs (1,2).
INJURIES FROM FALLS
Injuries from falls are the highest reported Patient-Safety-Events in adult care settings, mostly occurring near the bed (3,4).
Important Facts About Falls, Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (2017) https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html
Costs of Falls Among Older Adults, Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (2016) https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/fallcost.html