As seen in the video, there is not one possible solution to preventing falls. We choose to try and find a solution to limit the prevalence of falls. In addition, Madison sees how falls negatively affect patients in their course of recovery.
Fall Risks are a big issue within all hospital systems and affect the care and treatment of patients that experience these incidents. Patients who experience a fall during their hospital stay end up having a harder time healing and recuperating from other health issues and so, have a longer more stressful stay. There have been many efforts to try and prevent falls from occurring but unfortunately falls will always be an ongoing concern within the healthcare system.
Present Day Solutions
Additional sensors placed within the mattress of the hospital bed. These sensors would then be able to detect when a patient is moving around in bed in an attempt to get out of bed on their own. Although bed alarms are already in use as a prevention method, this product was designed to help with the accuracy of the alarm. The upgrade of this prevention system is to alarm once the patient is attempting to get up, instead of alarming once the patient has stood up. This small change was made in hopes of allowing more time so that staff could make it to the patients room to assist them before the patient gets out of bed.
Created with an image by jovannig - "Asian doctor helping elder woman with walker in hospital hallway"