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Patient Safety - Preventing Falls

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Families are usually well aware of the everyday danger of falling when children are very active at home. What you may not realize is that there is an increased risk of falling when your child has certain illnesses, weakness, and physical limitations or is receiving medications that may affect his/her balance.

Equipment such as IV poles and drains may make it difficult for your child to walk without tripping. Your nurse can show you how to manage this equipment to prevent falls.

Guidelines to help us keep your child safe:

  • Tell the nurse if your child has a history of falls.
  • Check with the nurse to make sure your child is allowed to be out of bed or up to the bathroom.
  • Ask for help getting your child out of bed if you have difficulty managing the equipment.
  • Have your child sit on the edge of the bed for a few moments before standing. This is especially important if your child is returning from a procedure or surgery that required sedation or if your child is receiving narcotic pain medications.
  • Tell the nurse if your child is currently taking any medications that cause dizziness or weakness. The nurse will also tell you if your child receives a new medication that causes these side effects. The nurse will give you instructions about how to keep your child safe while on the medication.
  • Make sure your child’s bed is in the low position with the side rails up when you leave the bedside. Ask for assistance if you do not know how to lower the bed or raise the side rails.
  • Inform us when you leave the room so we will know that an adult is not present. We will check the room more often and tell your child when to expect you to return.
  • Make sure your child’s clothing will not cause him/her to trip.
  • Your child should wear non-skid footwear while out of bed. Ask for a pair of slippers if you did not bring any.
  • Remind your child to use the call bell to call the nurse when you are not available.
  • Keep your child’s room free of clutter on the floor.
  • Walk beside your child and do not allow running.
  • Report any spills to the staff.
  • Report any falls to the staff.

Disclaimer:This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.

Reviewed: 04/05

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