Falls in the emergency room Every 15 seconds an adult falls in the emergency room; every 29 seconds an adult dies from a fall.
Of the 700, 000 to 1 million people who fall every year in US Hospitals, one-third could have been prevented if the risks attendant to the patient’s illness were properly managed. This means nearly 300,000 falls could have been prevented every year.
When a patient is admitted to the hospital, the hospital’s obligation is to make sure the patient is safe. Studies have shown these numbers can easily be reduced with better hospital oversite - saving the patients and families trauma, and all of us the cost of care.