When we go into hospital for some reason we expect to receive the best care and to come out feeling better, having been treated for the condition, illness or injury that put us there to begin with. However while this does occur for the most part, there is always a potential chance that a patient could experience a fall while staying in hospital.
These situations are rare, but when people are ill or perhaps unsteady on their feet, as is sometimes the case with the elderly, they may end up being more likely to fall than someone who is younger and perhaps healthier.
If someone has been admitted to hospital because of a fall, it is important that their condition is considered in terms of the odds of having another fall. Some people are more prone to falling than others, which is why certain measures are sometimes put in place to ensure these people receive the best treatment while in hospital.
If someone has already fallen, another fall so soon after the first could have devastating and troubling consequences. Fortunately the general standard of care in hospitals today means this is incredibly unlikely to happen.
What could the potential outcome of a fall be?
This largely depends on the previous condition of the person who has the fall, as well as how bad the fall is. It also depends on the type of fall and how awkwardly a person goes down.Open Claim Calculator
In the case of elderly patients it is more likely the fall will mean they sustain more serious injuries.
It may also shake them up far more than it would someone of a younger age. As such there is a wide range of potential outcomes for any fall depending on the individual circumstances at play.
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