Reducing Harm Associated with Falls
Across England and Wales, approximately 152,000 falls are
reported in acute hospitals every year
The vision of the National Patient Safety Agency's falls
prevention programme is to reduce harm from falls without
compromising dignity, independence and rehabilitation
Falls prevention is a complex issue crossing the boundaries
of healthcare, social care, public heath and accident
A significant number of falls result in death or severe or
moderate injury, at an estimated cost of £15 million per
annum for immediate healthcare treatment alone