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Patient Accidents Mean Longer Hospital Stays

Published torsdag 6 mars 2008 kl 13.50

Every year thousands of patients injure themselves by falling over in hospital, with many requiring a longer stay to receive further treatment.

That’s according to a study carried out during last year at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg. It found that over 1,200 people, most of them elderly, injured themselves after falling during their stay at the hospital.

Reasons for the accidents ranged from being tired and confused from medicines to slipping over from wearing only socks indoors.

The hospital aims to find new ways to reduce the number of accidents.

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