Falls Prevention

An estimated 125,021 people aged 65 and over were hospitalised due to Falls in 2016–17.

At JB Medical, We recognizes the importance of fall prevention equipment and its vital role in reducing injury, reducing physical and legal risks, as well as safeguarding the health of patients.

FALLS PREVENTION

Falls prevention solutions help to reduce risk.

We strive to protect the safety of patients and to provide relevant information to staff quickly with our solutions, which are suitable for hospitals, aged care institutions, and private homes.

Nursing staff and caregivers are kept informed of patient movement using Proximate Nurse Call’s motion detection technology. Various pressure-relieving gadgets, beds, and chairs can be fitted with them.

Providing a safe and supportive environment for the patient while they sleep, our roll-out beds help define sleeping arrangements.

By empowering nurses, we set the standard for early detection and prevent falls and injuries.

Mattresses that are low to the ground can mean the difference between a minor trauma and serious injury. Patients may be able to get on and off their beds with assistance from our beds.

The training and guidance that we provide on appropriately using our goods will benefit patients as well as extend the life of the equipment.

WHAT WE OFFER

Our falls prevention solutions.

EDUCATION

Around 85% of fall-related injury cases in 2016–17 were recorded as having occurred in either the home or in residential aged care for people aged 65 and over.

The age-standardised rate of falls in the home for older people living in the community was 1,888 per 100,000 population, while the rate of falls for older people living in residential aged care was 11,403 per 100,000 population. These rates are likely to be underestimated, because of missing information on the places in which falls occurred.

EDUCATION

Types of injuries

For people aged 65 and over in 2016–17, injuries to the hip and thigh (22%) and head (26%) were the most common types of injury resulting from a fall. Rates of head injury were particularly high in Australians aged 85 and over. Fractures of the neck of the femur (also commonly called ‘hip fractures’) accounted for the majority of injuries to the hip and thigh (90%). Rates of injury to the head more than doubled over the period 2007–08 to 2016–17 for both men and women. In 2007–08, the rates of head injury among men and women were 469 and 477 cases per 100,000 population, respectively, compared with 832 and 865 cases per 100,000 in 2016–17.

types of injuries

EDUCATION

Hospital care attributable to fall-related injury (Economic/Healthcare burden)

In addition to the initial hospitalisations for these fall-related injury cases, there were more than 40,000 other fall-related hospital episodes (mainly for rehabilitation care) for people aged 65 and over in 2016–17. Taken together with the initial hospitalisation for a fall, there were 1.2 million days of patient care over the year, with the average total length of stay per fall-related injury case estimated to be 10 days. Overall, 1 in every 8 days spent in hospital by a person aged 65 and over in 2016–17 was attributable to an injurious fall.

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