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My Falls Safety Plan (7928)

My Falls Safety Plan (7928) - Clinical Hub, Patient Education, Health and Nutrition Facts For You, Pediatrics, Parenting


Partnering for Fall Prevention:
My Falls Safety Plan

We care about your child’s safety. Our team wants to partner with you and your family to protect your
child from falling. If you have questions about your child’s fall risk status, talk to your team.
Our key messages: 1) Sick children fall and get hurt. 2) A fall can add days to your stay. 3) With your
help, we can prevent your child from falling.
Your child/adolescent may be at risk for falls or injuries due to:
 Age/Developmental Risks
ξ Learning to walk/cruising
ξ Temper tantrums
ξ Learning to use the bathroom
ξ Climbing, running, and jumping
 Unfamiliar environment
 Tripping hazards (equipment,
cords, and personal belongings)
 Long hospital stay
 Working with Physical Therapy
 Medical Risks
ξ Seizure disorders/movement disorders
ξ Orthopedic conditions
ξ Frequent trips to the bathroom (from IV fluids or
bowel clean outs)
ξ Dizzy, restless, or lightheaded from illness
or medicine
ξ Procedure/sedation within the last 24 hours
ξ Muscle weakness or balance issues
ξ Brain injury/concussion/brain tumor/resection
Based on the risks noted above, your child’s risk of falling is:
 Standard Risk for falls  High Risk for falls
What You Can Do to Prevent Falls:
 Use the call light to reach the hospital
staff/call for help when getting child up
 Independent/older children: Use a bed
alarm/parental supervision (i.e. if caregivers
leave, please let nurse know so we can keep
your child safe)
 Keep personal items and call light within reach
 Keep room and floor clutter free
 Be aware of monitors, IV poles/tubing, oxygen
tubing, EEG leads, etc.

 Use safety straps on highchairs, strollers,
wagons, etc.
 No running, skipping, or horseplay in hallway
 Child should wear clothing that fits. Avoid
long gowns and pants child could trip over.
 Supervise activity in playroom and room
(i.e., do not stand on couch, bed, or
 Use side rails on bed or ensure crib rails are
locked in highest position

High risk level: Fall safety = call nurse first
What Staff Will Do to Keep Your Child Safe:
 Place a high fall risk leaf outside of your door
 Place a high fall risk ID band on your child
 Stay with your child in the bathroom and the
 Consider the use of low beds, floor mats, or bed
 Consider making a toileting schedule or use a
bedside commode with your child
 Ask to have physical therapy work with you (as
needed) or use devices like a gait belt or walker
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
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