April 26, 2017
There is little evidence that hospital policies that limit patient mobility succeed at reducing falls, according to data recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers noted such policies may instead increase the risk of serious side effects.
“According to a 2009 estimate, hospital patients spend over 95% of their time in bed,” Sharon K. Inouye, MD, MPH, study coauthor and director of the Aging Brain Center at the Institute for Aging Research, Hebrew SeniorLife, said in a press release. “In-hospital immobility is one of several factors theorized to give rise to the ‘post-hospital 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.”