Preventing falls in the hospital
When you are in the hospital, you are at
an increased risk of falling. You may
need help with things you don’t
normally need help with. Falls can be
serious. A fall can cause injury and may
prolong your hospital stay. We need you
to partner with us to prevent a fall while
you are in the hospital
What can you do to prevent a fall?
Ask for help
ξ Press your call light and wait for
help before getting up. Your
nurse will tell you when it is
okay to get up by yourself.
ξ Use the call light in your
bathroom to ask for help when
you are done. If we think you are
at risk for falling, you have been
identified as a high fall risk,
someone will stay with you in the
ξ Please use the call light; it is not
a bother to us.
ξ Get up slowly.
ξ Wear your eye glasses and
ξ Keep your personal items within
reach (or ask for help to get
ξ Leave the bathroom light on and
door open a little at night.
ξ Wear non-slip socks or non-skid
ξ Use your cane, walker, crutches,
or braces if recommended by
nursing or therapy staff.
ξ Work with staff to maintain and
regain your strength.
ξ Help patient reach for objects
that are out of reach or put away.
ξ Ask staff if it is okay to get the
patient up without their help.
ξ Bring items from home they may
need: braces, walkers, canes,
glasses, and hearing aides.
ξ Report any changes in balance,
thinking, or mobility to staff.
What will we do to prevent you from
Check on You
ξ Check on you at least every hour
during the day and every two
hours at night.
ξ Answer your call light as quickly
Keep you safe
ξ Keep your room clean.
ξ Keep your bed in the lowest
ξ Keep your call light and personal
items within reach.
ξ Assess you for your risk of
ξ May recommend that you use a
cane, walker, crutches, or braces.
ξ May use a gait belt to support
you when you are up.
ξ May use a bed or chair alarm to
remind you to not get up without
ξ May stay in the bathroom with
you for your safety.
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your doctor. This is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical
condition. Because each person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on
your health care team when using this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911.
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