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Patient accident and falls

It is estimated that patient slips, trips and falls cost the NHS approximately £15 million per year. However, recent research has shown that by using a range of simple interventions, healthcare organisations can significantly reduce the number and cost of patient accidents


Three key areas are:


  • Prevention: understanding the causes and circumstances of previous accidents; identifying and assessing vulnerable patients and implementing a range of interventions

  • Reducing harm: promptly and effectively treating any injury resulting from a slip, trip or fall

  • Learning from circumstances: continually reviewing and learning from local risk management systems to understand where, when and why patients are most vulnerable to falls


The National Reporting and Learning Service works closely with other organisations to gather information and produce resources aimed at reducing the number of patient accidents, in hospital and community settings.


Use the form below to search for resources on patient accidents.