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April 24, 2017
Limiting Patient Mobility in Hospitals May Do More Harm than Good
Despite hospitals’ best efforts, there is little proof that policies to inhibit patient mobility actually prevent falls and may actually increase the risk of serious side effects, according to Sharon K. Inouye, MD, MPH, Director of the Aging Brain Center at the Institute for Aging Research, Hebrew SeniorLife.
“According to a 2009 estimate, hospital patients spend over 95% of their time in bed. In –hospital immobility is one of several factors theorized to give rise to the “posthospital syndrome,” a transient state of heightened vulnerability following hospitalization that is associated with an increased risk of functional decline, medical adverse events, and hospital readmission,” writes Inouye in the April 24 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.
Understanding Falling in Old Age
It's hard for a young, vigorous person to imagine that tripping on a rug or a slippery sidewalk could cause a life-threatening injury. But for some older people, it could mean exactly that. Understanding the causes of falls among the elderly and finding ways to prevent them is a major subject of research at the Institute for Aging Research.