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1 of 5 residents fall in first month at nursing home

By June 26, 2012Falls & Trauma

A new study from HealthDay News find that one in five newly admitted nursing home patients has a fall within one month, according to WZVN.

Researchers say this is the first study to “focus on fall rates among newly admitted residents.”

More than 230,000 first-time residents admitted to nearly 10,000 nursing homes were examined for the survey, and 21 percent of residents experienced a fall within the first 30 days at their facility.

Natalie Leland, the lead author of the study, believes the problem lies mostly in homes that have large certified nurse/patient ratios.

According to Leland, a lot of falls happen when there are less nurses because “certified nursing assistants provide most of the hands-on patient care during high fall-risk activities such as dressing, using the bathroom, and moving around.”

The authors also stated that identifying and managing fall risks among residents is a challenge because people are in a new place and are unfamiliar to staff.

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