Outcomes of Patient-Engaged Video Surveillance on Falls and Other Adverse Events

Clin Geriatr Med. 2019 May;35(2):253-263. doi: 10.1016/j.cger.2019.01.005. Epub 2019 Mar 1.


Patient-engaged video surveillance implemented in 71 hospitals over 1 year revealed low rates in assisted and unassisted falls, room elopement, and line, tube, or drain dislodgement per 1000 days of surveillance. Monitor technicians interacted 20.5 times per day with patients who fell and initiated alarms for urgent unit staff response 2.38 times per day, and this accounted for the low fall rate (1.50 falls/1000 days of surveillance) in an adult population. Data on adverse events and timeliness of nursing response to actual urgent and emergent patient conditions provides evidence of the rapid contribution of patient-engaged video surveillance to patient safety.

Keywords: Fall prevention; Falls; Outcomes; Patient engagement; Surveillance; TeleSitting.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Accidental Falls / prevention & control*
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Hospitalization*
  • Humans
  • Monitoring, Physiologic / methods*
  • Patient Compliance*
  • Video Recording*