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Costs of hospital bed and chair sensors include the time of healthcare workers monitoring them

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 22 March 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k1253
  1. Giuseppe Vetrugno, forensic pathologist and risk manager1,
  2. Angelico Spagnolo, forensic pathologist1,
  3. Fabio De-Giorgio, forensic pathologist2
  1. 1Risk Management Unit, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli-UCSC, Rome, Italy
  2. 2Institute of Public Health, Section of Legal Medicine, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy
  1. giuseppe.vetrugno{at}

We agree with Oliver’s reflections on the coroner’s report about Ken Swift, an elderly inpatient who died because of a fall from a hospital bed.1

Oliver emphasises the uncertainty in published work about the effectiveness of specific technical and organisational measures to prevent falls in frail patients: at best, only 20% of such falls …

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