Hospital falls return to pre-pandemic level

From BBC Scotland today:

The number of falls and bed sores recorded in Scotland’s hospitals has increased since the Covid pandemic, new data shows.

NHS staffing pressures and the deconditioning effect of the Covid lockdown creating more frail patients are being blamed for the rise.

The Scottish government paused work on a national prevention strategy for falls when the pandemic started.

The strategy has now been shelved and experts argue this is a mistake.

Figures released by NHS Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) show that in 2018-19 – the last full year before the Covid pandemic – a total of 26,489 falls were recorded in hospitals.

In 2021-22, the total was 27,767 but this does not include data for two health boards, NHS Fife and Dumfries and Galloway, as they are not currently part of the HIS programme to record falls.

So, all the usual blaming of the Scottish Government but:

1. No recognition that this looks essentially like a return to typical levels after a pandemic when there were fewer people in hospitals.

2. No mention of the actual 2019/2020 figures. Why? I can’t seem to access the data.


One thought on “Hospital falls return to pre-pandemic level

  1. And, of course, the usual unnamed ‘experts’ (two?) with the benefit of hindsight ‘slam’ the data.

    In the early stages of lockdown, physical distancing was urged on all of us, including hospital and care home personnel. If patients were frail, they were more likely to succumb if they became infected, so, keeping distance was important.

    We now know far more about Covid19 than we did in 2019.

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