|Examples of Information
||Reason To Collect This Information
||Make a clear distinction between what was seen or heard
and the patient's account of what happened.
|Outcome of investigations recorded
||When patients are reported as having x rays or other
investigations after a fall, the results of the x ray or other investigation
should be included in the report.
|Type of injury
||Be specific, e.g., "fractured tibia," not "broken leg."
||Buzzer/bell available within reach before fall
||Highlight whether there is an issue about accessing call
|If a fall from bed, whether bedrails were in use
||Help assess how bedrail use is affecting falls or injury.
|Floor wet/dry/talcum powder
||Reflect on cleaning regimen and need for nonslip surfaces.
||If problems with missing or unsuitable footwear are
highlighted, organizations could develop systems for providing alternatives.
|Walking aid in use/in reach
||It may highlight bedside storage issues or access to
walking aids for patients admitted in the evenings or on the weekend.
||Identify those patients most vulnerable to falls because
of sedation, dementia, or delirium.
|First fall this admission or repeat fall
||Balance resources between preventing initial falls and
|Days since admission
||Ensure timescales for assessing and preventing falls are
tailored to when falls are most likely to occur.
|Medication affecting risk of falls
||Sedative and psychotropic medication, or medication with
drowsiness as a side effect, may contribute to falls.