Patient Falls

Patients are often in a weakened or confused state in hospital, and are more susceptible to falling. Falls are a leading cause of hospital-acquired injury, and frequently prolong or complicate hospital stays. At Flinders Private Hospital we document and investigate every fall and take action to reduce the number of falls that occur.

This graph shows the number of falls in Flinders Private Hospital for the past 5 years, compared with the rate typical in other hospitals from Australia, the UK and the USA. Falls are presented as a percentage of patient days – allowing us to compare Flinders Private Hospital with other hospitals of a different size. Patients at Flinders Private Hospital on average have a lower rate of falls than those in other hospitals.


See details on: How we work out our falls rate 

For a discussion on the data, see: Limitations of data 

 

What we are doing to further reduce falls

  • Assessment of all patients for risk of falls
  • Implementation of precautions to reduce the risk of falling for example:
    • non-slip socks
    • bed and chair sensors which detect patient moving from bed
    • use of lifting equipment and walking aids
    • beds that are low to the ground
    • physiotherapy assessments
  • Analysis of falls incidents
  • Spot audits to provide information about environmental factors


How can you help?
At Flinders Private Hospital, you, as a patient or visitor are part of the health care team. Print a brochure containing handy hints about preventing falls in hospital and at home. You can also watch a helpful video.

Brochures

Preventing_Falls_in_Hospital.pdf

Preventing Falls at Home

Video

Speak Up Reduce Your Risk of Falling

 

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