Preventing Patient Falls – For Patient in CCTC
The London Health Sciences Centre is committed to improving your health, and providing
compassionate and high quality care. This includes promoting patient safety through fall prevention.
People fall for a variety of reasons. These may include:
Slips and trips can also occur as a result of poor lighting, medical equipment such as IV poles, oxygen tubing or footwear.
Patients who are critically ill are considered to be at high risk for falls, therefore, routine safety precautions are in place for all patients in CCTC. These precautions include regular assessment and treatment for pain, agitation and delirium, and the continued use of bedrails for patients who are unable to ambulate without assistance or on medications that cause drowsiness.
Patients in CCTC are assessed each shift to determine if their fall risk is even higher. Patients awakening from sedation can become confused about their surroundings and they may be much weaker than they were prior to illness. Fall risk may increase during a patient's recovery. We will continue to treat patients in CCTC as at high risk for falls. A risk assessment will be conducted prior to transfer to the ward.
If a patient is assessed to be at high risk for falls, additional safety precautions are added. A sign will be placed outside their room to alert family and staff members of the increased risk. If a patient does not wish to have a sign, please inform your nurse.
Fall Prevention Tips:
Revised: October 31, 2018 (BM)