and Family Education
Background: Below are
examples of key educational points about fall prevention that can be handed out
to patients and their families.
Reference: Available as
a patient education brochure at the Minnesota Hospital Association Web site: www.mnhospitals.org/Portals/0/Documents/ptsafety/falls/English_Patient_Education_Brochure.pdf [Plugin Software Help] .
How to use this tool: The
information below can be customized for use within your hospital. When printing
your educational brochure, make sure that text is at least 14 points, and make
it 16 points if possible; use Times New Roman font or another font that has
serifs. We recommend against printing text over photographs or colors in the
background (e.g., black text on a dark green background) and suggest using sharper
contrasting colors to make the text easier to read. The language should be at no
more than a 6th grade reading level to ensure that all patients can understand
Educators and staff nurses
can distribute educational information to patients, but verbal counseling on
fall risk should be performed by someone trained for this task. Consider
handing out educational information to patients and their families when the
patient is admitted to your unit.
Preventing Falls in the Hospital
Know when to ask for
You will do more and more
walking as your health improves. To avoid falling and hurting yourself, please
follow these guidelines.
- Wear shoes or non-skid slippers
every time you get out of bed.
Call your nurse if you feel dizzy,
weak or lightheaded. Don't get up by yourself.
Ask for help to go to the
bathroom. Make sure the path to the bathroom is clear.
Use only unmoving objects to help
steady yourself. Don't use your IV pole, tray table, wheelchair or other
objects that can move.
Use the handrails in the bathroom
If you wear glasses or hearing
aids, use them.
Keep important items within reach.
This includes your call button or call bell.
Source: Minnesota Hospital Association.
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