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Risk of Injury and Fall in Nursing Homes
The population of elders in nursing homes is growing rapidly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 1.5 million individuals living in nursing care facilities in 2003. That number is expected to double to 3 million by the year 2030. Perhaps because of this increasing population, the risk for falls is increasing as well. Of all the deaths from falls in the age group 65 years and older, more than 20% happened in nursing homes.
On average, the average nursing home with 100 beds will report between 100 and 200 falls each year. It is estimated that many falls are not reported. This leads the CDC to conclude that, on average, there are 2.6 falls per nursing home resident every year. Many of these falls occur even to patients who cannot walk.
Falls in nursing homes can be attributed to many causes. Often they are signs of other, underlying health problems. These can range from muscle weakness, wet floors and poor lighting, certain medications, and poor foot care. Many of these falls could be prevented with vigilant staff supervision. This includes helping patients move on their own, or discouraging patients who need assistance from attempting activities that could result in injury.
Physical Restraints and Falls in Nursing Homes
It has been considered by many that restraining patients in nursing homes may help protect patients from falls. A study by the CDC has shown that this is not the case. According to the CDC, not only are physically restraining patients ineffective in preventing falls, the restraints actually increase the risk of injuries and deaths related to falls. Regulations have helped to prevent injuries to elders in nursing homes, but a small number of nursing care facilities still report an increase in the number of injuries from falls.