At CMH, your safety is our first priority. Even people who are normally very steady on their feet are more prone to falls in the hospital. Sometimes your illness or the medications you are taking can make you unsteady on your feet. In addition, the hospital may feel unfamiliar to you – especially at night.
We take special precautions for our patients. Your nursing team will be assessing your risk for falls throughout your stay. If they determine you are at risk for falls, a special alert will be placed outside your door and you will be given a yellow arm band to wear. A rehabilitation team member will visit you and make recommendations. The pharmacy will check your medication list to see if your prescriptions are contributing to your risk of falling. If appropriate, staff will use safety devices like an alarm on your bed, floor mat or chair, non-slip, color-coded booties and gait belts for walking and transferring in and out of bed.
You can also help by:
- Using your call bell when you need to get up.
- Trying to keep items you need within easy reach.
- Wearing rubber soled slippers or shoes to prevent slipping.
- Using good lighting and a nightlight.
- Keeping the path to your bathroom clear and dry.