The incidence and costs of inpatient falls in hospitals

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This review is based on existing evidence and data, and provides an overview of the scale of inpatient falls and the benefits to the NHS if the rate of falls was reduced in hospitals.

This is part of our work to reduce harmful inpatient falls and improve patient safety. The review helps answer the following questions:

  • What is the incidence of inpatient falls in hospital in England?
  • What are the estimated costs hospitals incur as a result of inpatient falls? 
  • What are the potential cost savings from reducing falls by implementing well-evidenced multidisciplinary interventions?
  • What are the potential savings to hospitals from taking these actions?

How we're working with providers

The National audit of inpatient falls 2015 shows that there is variance in the way that falls prevention is delivered across providers so we're working to:

  • improve assessment, interventions and care
  • improve the quality of reporting
  • bring together and share exemplar initiatives and innovations to inspire collaborative improvement

We also ran a falls improvement collaborative with acute, community and mental health providers. Some trusts were performing well but wanted to continue that: others were at the beginning of their journey to achieve best practice. These providers have produced case studies outlining their progress after taking part in the collaborative. 

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