Thirteen Ways to Prevent Falls

March 8, 2013    |   By: Calevir

To reduce the risk of falls among all patients, health professionals in hospitals should:

  • Familiarize the patient with the environment.
  • Have the patient demonstrate call light use.
  • Maintain call light within reach.
  • Keep personal possessions within safe reach of the patient.
  • Have sturdy handrails in patient bathrooms, rooms and hallways.
  • Place the hospital bed in a low position when a patient is resting in bed; raise it to a comfortable height when the patient is getting out of bed.
  • Keep hospital bed brakes locked.
  • Keep wheelchair wheels in the locked position when it is stationary.
  • Keep nonslip, comfortable, well-fitting footwear on the patient.
  • Use night lights or supplemental lighting.
  • Keep floor surfaces clean and dry. Clean up all spills promptly.
  • Keep patient care areas uncluttered.
  • Follow safe practices when helping patients in and out of bed.

Source: “Preventing Falls in Hospitals: A Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care”, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, January – http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/systems/long-term-care/resources/injuries/fallpxtoolkit/index.html

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