Patient case mix has changed, often with more chronic diseases and complex problems.
Patient deterioration on general wards has the potential to go unnoticed between scheduled observations. This poses a significant risk for patients and can delay the detection of serious issues such as: internal bleeding; sepsis; pulmonary embolism and in-hospital cardiac arrests. Early recognition of clinical deterioration, followed by prompt and effective action can minimise the occurrence of adverse events such as cardiac arrest, and reduce mortality 2.
In-hospital falls represent a significant risk to both patients and hospitals, which is challenging to prevent. Falls often take place when a patient wakes up and tries to get themselves out of bed. A fall may result in fractures, lacerations or internal bleeding, leading to increased healthcare utilisation.