Thursday, June 04, 2009

Unintended consequences?

From the Boston Globe article "Doctors warn on patients' falls":
Patient falls and the injuries they cause are considered such a crisis that in October, the federal government stopped paying hospitals for extra care if a fall is deemed preventable. Now, a Boston doctor is warning the pressure to keep patients from falling may lead to greater harm through the use of restraints, reversing a trend of greater mobility among hospitalized patients.
Without well-established guidelines on preventing falls, Inouye said she fears restraints will be used. "We have to do something to counteract what may be people's natural tendency to think to stop falls, we've got to tie everyone up," Inouye said in an interview. "We want to open people's eyes to the fact that restraints are actually associated with lots of complications."
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