Description and Implications of Falls in Patients Hospitalized Due to COVID-19.

Publication date: Feb 26, 2024

Many hospital quality indicators, including falls, worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. Patients hospitalized with COVID-19 may be at risk for falling due to the disease itself, patient characteristics, or aspects of care delivery. To describe and explore falls in patients hospitalized with COVID-19. We pooled data from 107 hospitalized adult patients who fell between March 2020 and April 2021. Patients who fell had a current, pending, or recent diagnosis of COVID-19. We analyzed patient characteristics, fall circumstances, and patient and organizational contributing factors using frequencies, the chi-square test, and Fisher’s exact test. Patient contributing factors included patients’ lack of safety awareness, impaired physical function, and respiratory concerns. Organizational contributing factors related to staff and the isolation environment. Recommendations for managing fall risk in patients hospitalized with COVID-19 include frequent reassessment of risk, consideration of respiratory function as a risk factor, ongoing patient education, assisted mobility, and adequate staff training.

Concepts Keywords
April Adult
Covid COVID-19
Fall Humans
Hospitalized Inpatients
Pandemic Pandemics
Risk Factors
Risk Management

Semantics

Type Source Name
disease MESH COVID-19
disease IDO quality
disease VO LACK
drug DRUGBANK Etoperidone

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