Prevent_FallYou may be surprised to know that falls are the leading cause of accidents for people over the age of 65. We ask you and your family to help us prevent you from falling while you are in the hospital. These are things you can do to make your stay in the hospital safer:

If you are wearing a yellow “Fall Prevention” bracelet, PLEASE don’t get up by yourself. We don’t want you to fall or get hurt. Call the nurse for help!

 

1. We assess all patients for fall risk

If you are at risk of a fall, we provide the following:

  • Fall Risk door magnet
  • Fall Risk bracelet
  • Yellow non-skid slipper socks

 

2. Share information with your nurse

  • If you have a history of falling at home.
  • If you are dizzy, weak or unsteady on your feet, do not get up without help.
  • If you use a walker or cane at home, you should also use it in the hospital.

 

 

3. Fall prevention tips for your hospital stay

  • Make sure the nurse call button is within reach and you know how to use it.
  • If you have an IV line, ask for help moving your IV machine.
  • Keep the room clutter-free. • Keep the top two side rails up.
  • Make sure lighting is adequate in your room so you are able to see, especially at night.

 

 

4. Ask for help

  • Ask someone to assist you whenever you get up. Call for help before the need to get to the bathroom becomes urgent. Most hospital falls occur when patients try to get out of bed to go to the bathroom without assistance.
  • Consider asking a family member to stay with you if you are at a high risk for falling.