The economics of preventing hospital falls: Demonstrating ROI through a simple model

J Spetz, Diane Brown, C Aydin

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    Objective: The objective of this study was to assess the cost savings associated with implementing nursing approaches to prevent in-hospital falls.

    Background: Hospital rating programs often report fall rates, and performance-based payment systems force hospitals to bear the costs of treating patients after falls. Some interventions have been demonstrated as effective for falls prevention.

    Methods: Costs of falls-prevention programs, financial savings associated with in-hospital falls reduction, and achievable fall rate improvement are measured using published literature. Net costs are calculated for implementing a falls-prevention program as compared with not making improvements in patient fall rates.
    Results: Falls-prevention programs can reduce the cost of treatment, but in many scenarios, the costs of falls-prevention programs were greater than potential cost savings.
    Conclusions: Falls-prevention programs need to be carefully targeted to patients at greatest risk in order to achieve cost savings.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)50-57
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Nursing Administration
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


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