Fall Prevention Research Paper

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Falls prevention Falls are extremely common amongst the elderly; therefore healthcare professionals working in a hospital or a care setting take falls in older people very seriously. When an older person falls, it can have a major impact on their health, this is why it is important to do as much as possible to prevent a fall from occurring. A fall, however little it is can affect an individual’s confidence as they have a fear of falling again, this can impact on their physical, intellectual, emotional and social wellbeing. Exercise such as strength and balance training can help to improve an elderly persons strength and balance and at the same time it reduces the risk of having a fall. Inpatients that have a serious fall will have neurological…show more content…
This includes: * Where the fall happened (including a bed number) * What the patient was doing e.g. reaching for their call bell It is important for a trained nurse to carry out checks in case the patient has a fracture or an injury. This should be done before the patient is moved. In order to try and avoid a fall, the following should be done: * Keep the patients bed on the lowest setting, but also ensuring that the brakes are on * Do not leave patients who are confused on the toilet or commode as they may get up themselves and risk having a fall * Ensure there is a light on in the hallway on the ward, particularly when patients walk to the toilet * Put slipper socks on the patient as they have a rubber grip underneath which provides support A falls Risk Assessment should be completed within 24 hours of admission and when moving a patient to another ward. Bedrail Assessments should also be done within 24 hours of admission. After a fall, the patient should also have their drugs reviewed as a fall can occur due to the effects of a particular drug the patient is taking, therefore it is best to get this checked with a

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