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         


 


                 


                                                        


TWO CASE STUDIES: FALL PERILS IN PROVIDER AND PATIENT OVERESTIMATING


The ‘perfect storm’ fall                 


Chart 1: Sedgwick claim study top five causes by file type


10,000 12,000


2,000 4,000 6,000 8,000


0 Fall Injuries


Procedure - Complications


Professional Liability: 23,891 General Liability: 3,390


Source: Sedgwick


6,913 3,362


4,879 2


MD-related


Failure to/ Inadequate Observation/ Assessment


4,749 16


4,164 9


Diagnosis - Failed


3,186 1


“Risk identification efforts should include an event reporting system that collects detailed information specific to each fall, such as time of day, location, and activity at time of fall.”


  


What perils can you anticipate, and why?


                     


What else should the staff have done differently?


     


 


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