A patient fall is an unexpected fall to the floor or an extension of the floor, such as a chair or bed, during a hospital stay. To avoid a more serious injury, staff members may lower a patient to the floor.
Serious injuries, such as hip fractures or bleeding in the brain, can result from a fall. Falls may also result in a longer hospital stay and more difficult recovery.
To reduce patient harm from patient falls, the BWH nursing staff uses the following tools and interventions:
We have fewer patient falls than our peer group average. However, we have more patient falls with injuries in our adult medical population. We do not want to see any patients fall in the hospital and we will keep doing our best to improve our fall rate.
When you are in the hospital, you are in unfamiliar surroundings and are often taking one or more medications that may make you disoriented and less stable and within this new environment. Getting around is not the same as it was in your home.
Patients can take the following precautions:
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