By the Numbers

by the numbers: Fall Facts
the average additional operational costs for a fall with serious injury
Source: Preventing Falls in Hospitals: A Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care. January 2013.
The Cost of One
Injurious Fall
The financial cost only represents a portion
of an injurious fall event. Each fall also
represents an immeasurable cost in human
suffering, both for the individual and for
loved ones.
Future Costs

In addition, fall survivors may develop
fallaphobia – the prolonged fear of falling again.
This fear can lead to restricted activities and mobility which, in turn, can shorten lifespan.

$54.9 billion
The expected cost the healthcare industry will face by the year 2020 due to injurious falls

Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Englander et al., 1996.


1 in 3 adults over the
age of 65 fall each year
Individuals at Risk

In addition to the hospitalized patient, falls
pose an even more serious problem for the
elderly in care facilities. Equally alarming,
older adults who reside in nursing
homes account for approximately 20 precent of fall
related deaths.

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