Preventing Falls While in the Diagnostic and Therapy Center
Your child’s safety is important to us. Let us know if your child has any
Safety when your child is in the clinic
The medicines we give may cause your child to feel dizzy or to be unsteady. The
medicines can also affect judgment, so your child may not know to ask for help. Having
an IV can also increase a child’s risk for falling.
ξ After the medicine is given an adult needs to stay with your child at all times.
ξ Let your nurse know before you leave the room.
ξ Use the call light for help.
ξ If your child needs to go to the bathroom, please call your nurse for help before
your child gets up. An adult needs to stay in the bathroom with your child.
ξ Have your child stay sitting or lying in the bed or on your lap. If your child is on
the bed please sit next to the bed.
ξ Keep the side rails up if your child is on a cart.
It is not safe for your child to stand on beds or chairs or sit on the stool with wheels.
Safety when your child is discharged from the clinic
When discharged from the clinic, your child may still be unsteady. Stay close to your
child for support. We have wheelchairs if needed.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call
if you have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with
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. Copyright ©
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Department of Nursing HF#7594.