Top tips on preventing hospital falls

Posted on Wed, 06/08/2014

A specialist prevention team has advised more than 100 patients, relatives and staff about the best ways of preventing falls while in hospital.

Last Wednesday the QE Gateshead ‘falls champions’ met with a range of people from across the hospital to warn of the potential dangers and the strategies that are being used to minimise the risks.

Gillian MacArthur, director of nursing, midwifery and quality said: “This is something we take very seriously at the QE and we are constantly developing and improving our strategy for tackling this. When someone does fall in hospital it can have a real impact on their health and potential for recovery. It also poses a risk to our medical staff who can be injured while trying to prevent the fall or help patients back up. 

“Our key priority is to prevent people falling in the first place which is why we’ve developed a range of strategies to minimise the risk and make people more aware of what they can do to prevent falls.”

The falls champions had a stand in the hospital and talked to more than 100 patients, relatives and staff visiting the hospital restaurant about some of the strategies we promote to help prevent falls and reduce the risk to patients. 

This was followed by visits to all wards and departments across the hospital to share the information with staff and attach new posters reminding everybody of some simple ways of preventing falls from happening.

As part of this work the QE has also introduced:

  • A new inpatient falls assessment and intervention tool.
  • New patient, relative and staff information leaflets relating to falls prevention.
  • A new ‘Falls Free Friday’ prompt card that includes simple safety measures to prevent falls.  
  • A new poster showing some simple steps to reduce falls.
  • A guide that highlights medications which may increase a patients risk of falling

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