John Ryan

3:25pm

Wed October 16, 2013
Shots - Health News

To Reduce Patient Falls, Hospitals Try Alarms, More Nurses

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 4:39 pm

Some patients at MultiCare Auburn Medical Center in Washington are given wristbands showing that they have a high risk of falling.
John Ryan KUOW

A bad fall in the hospital can turn a short visit into a long stay.

Such falls featured in congressional discussions about patient safety, and in a new study in the Journal of Patient Safety about medical errors. Falls are one part of a multistate clash between nurses and hospitals over how to improve the safety of hospitalized patients.

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