Essay about Evaluating Organizational Change : A Fall
A fall is the loss of an upright position, producing an uncontrolled and unintentional placement of an individual’s body from one surface to another. Many times serious injuries can result in the frail geriatric population. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (n.d.), lacerations, hip fractures, head traumas, and death can result from a fatal fall.
One out of every three seniors over the age of sixty-five has a fall each year (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, n.d.). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (n.d.), the emergency room treats over 2.5 million elderly and hospitalizes over 734 thousand every year. Roughly 50-75% of the nursing home geriatric population fall each year, twice that of the elderly living within the community (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, n.d.). In addition, for those residing in long-term care, 1800 geriatric residents die each year as a result from a fall related injury (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, n.d.). So what contributes to such a vast number of falls for these individuals?
Long-term care facilities consider many modifications for the safety of their community. Housekeeping will place wet floor signs where applicable, but residents may have poor eyesight or a decline in cognition. This may lead individuals to walk on wet floors regardless of sign placement. Other environmental concerns to consider and…