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Top 12 Patient Fall Allegations

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Top 12 Patient Fall Allegations

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elder man crutchesThese are the most common allegations that nursing expert witnesses and plaintiff and defense attorneys should consider. The analysis of nursing liability after a patient fall addresses whether there was a deviation from the standard of care. Nursing liability surrounding a patient fall may fit into one or more of these allegations:

  • Failure to identify the patient as being at risk for falls.
  • Failure to periodically re-evaluate the patient’s risk for falls.
  • Failure to reassign a new risk for falls following a fall.
  • Failure to identify an individualized plan of care for a patient at risk for falls.
  • Failure to instruct the patient to call for help, if able, when ambulating.
  • Failure to provide the appropriate degree of monitoring for a patient at risk for falls.
  • Failure to supply the appropriate amount of assistance when ambulating or transferring a patient.
  • Failure to use available interventions such as safety straps in the OR, lifting systems, floor mats, one to one sitter, bed alarms, lockable windows, and Wanderguards.
  • Failure to detect signs of injury after a patient has fallen.
  • Failure to notify a physician (and in some settings, the family and regulatory agencies) of the fall.
  • Failure to recognize and report signs of deterioration after a patient falls.
  • Concealing evidence of a patient falling.

From Nursing Malpractice, Fourth Edition.

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