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 solutions help to reduce risk.
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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.
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.
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.
Frequently asked questions.
Our fall alarms allow you to detect patient movement, acting as a vigilant observer for caregivers and nurses. They can be installed on beds, chairs and pressure-relieving devices, whilst being durable enough to withstand hospital cleaning regimes. The fall alarms include multiple monitoring systems with a dedicated paging system to reduce device fatigue. They are all Australian-made with a two-year Manufacturer’s Warranty.
Coming from home to a hospital bed can be disorienting and a big change for patients. Roll-out solutions provide a secure and supportive environment while the patient is sleeping by helping to define the boundaries of sleeping arrangements.
Low-lying beds reduce the potential for injury. If a fall was to occur, this can be the difference between a small fright and a serious injury. Our beds can be raised for administering care at the touch of a button. They can be tilted to help patients get on and off the bed when needed. Each bed is equipped with an electric backrest, a knee bend, high & low and tilt function, control panel, and can be easily folded for transportation.
Our fall prevention systems offer a variety of benefits to hospitals, aged care facilities, and private homes that require increased patient care.
In addition to protecting patient safety, our solutions provide timely information to personnel so that they can take informed decisions.
Proxi-Mate keeps a detailed record of every incident it has seen in the last 4000 days, including the date and time of the incident. A list of the 100 most recent events may appear on the screen. A thumb drive can also be used to store the entire event log for the 4000. Reports can be prepared using Proxi-Mate. In this way, alarms can be compared to incident reports so that ‘near misses’ or falls can be seen clearly.