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Falls Prevention & Risk Management
Monash House Private Hospital has a falls risk prevention and management program that identifies patients at greater risk of falling whilst in hospital. Through our Quality Management and auditing system we identified that increased focus was required in Falls Prevention and Risk Management.
Factors that Increase the Risk of Falling:
- Increasing age
- Inappropriate footwear
- Fear of falling
- Physical fitness
- Environmental clutter
- Cognition and orientation
- Medical history
Strategies that have been implemented for our Falls Prevention and Risk Management initiative include:
- Increasing staffing numbers, particularly in second stage recovery.
- Increase in staff supervision.
- The provision of lateral support aids in theatre.
- Focus on education for both staff and patients.
- Posters about Falls Prevention were placed in areas around the ward and in Theatre where falls are most likely to occur.
- Education surrounding post-procedural leg weakness.
- Increased use of mobility aids such as walking frames.
- Making mobility aids available for loan for patients.
Industry benchmark per 1,000 separations.
Reference Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2018
MHPH falls data taken from period Jul-Dec 2020
Remember! You can reduce your risk of falling by using the following strategies:
- After your procedure do not up without assistance from your nurse. Call for assistance and MOVE SLOWLY especially if you have had an anaesthetic or any other medication that can cause drowsiness.
- Wear appropriate footwear- shoes or slippers are ideal. Avoid socks without shoes as they have no grip.
- Wear your glasses as applicable and use lights/night lights when dark and keep your surroundings free of clutter.