“We Had 4 Near-Falls”

Fall Risk Bracelet Patient


Reports from real nurses in Minnesota during a real shift, with real lives on the line


“3 RNs, 2 aides for the 19 medically-complex patients with IVs, trachs, etc.  One patient has a hospital-acquired wound and needed to be turned and monitored closely.  Total of 8 other patients needed to be turned and closely monitored for breakdown.  We had 4 near-falls.”

 


What research tells us about the correlation between nurse staffing and patient outcomes


“Low staffing levels and ‘missed nursing care’ may be directly associated with higher risk of patient falls, according to research published in the Journal of Nursing Care Quality.

 

Patient Story

arlene townsend staffing award

Unsafe staffing costs a Florida facility $1 billion

From Trial Magazine, March 2014 issue: Trial Magazine, 3/11/14 VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS Arlene Townsend, 63 suffered a stroke and required 24-hour care. She was admitted to Auburndale Oaks Healthcare Center, a nursing home owned by Trans Healthcare, Inc. In the three years leading up to her death, Townsend suffered numerous fall resulting in broken bones and lacerations, infections, significant weight loss, chronic constipation, skin breakdowns, dehydration, and other problems. She is survived by her adult son. Townsend’s estate sued Trans Healthcare, alleging that it had understaffed the nursing home to increase profits and failed to provide adequate care, including protecting Townsend from falls, ensuring a safe environment, and documenting changes to her condition. The court entered a judgment of liability against the defendant, and the…
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