Falls, are you at risk?

Guidelines to Prevent Falls in the Medical Center

  • Always follow your doctor's orders and nurses' instructions about whether you must stay in bed, or require assistance to go to the bathroom.
  • When you need assistance, use your call light.
  • Ask your nurse for help if you feel dizzy or weak getting out of bed. You may want to sit in bed awhile before standing; get up carefully, and slowly begin to walk.
  • Wear non-skid slippers whenever you walk in the Medical Center.
  • Walk slowly and carefully when out of bed. Do not lean on rolling objects such as IV poles, bedside tables or furniture.

Always follow your doctor's orders and nurses' instructions about whether you must stay in bed, or require assistance to go to the bathroom.When you need assistance, use your call light.Ask your nurse for help if you feel dizzy or weak getting out of bed. You may want to sit in bed awhile before standing; get up carefully, and slowly begin to walk.Wear non-skid slippers whenever you walk in the Medical Center.

We Care About Your Safety!

According to the National Safety Council, falls are a major problem for individuals age 65 and older. Falls are the number one cause of hospital trauma admissions, injuries and accident-related deaths in people age 65 and older.

Certain medical conditions make us more prone to falls and other accidental injuries. You may receive new medications while in the hospital that make you more vulnerable to falls than you were at home. Also, the amount of time that you spend in bed at the hospital may increase your risk for falls.