Fall Prevention

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Fall Prevention

Patient falls in health institutions is a problem that needs a solution. The detrimental effects associated with the issue negates the need to come up with appropriate ways of addressing the situation (Dean, 2012)

Fall Prevention

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Stopping elderly accidents, death and injuries.

Role of Stakeholders

Stakeholders in the health sector should introduce ways of dealing with the menace of patient falls. Creation of awareness especially among those affected can help reduce the problem. Elderly patients are the most affected. Because of the same, an educational program would contribute to reducing the incidence of patient falls among the elderly.

Steps taken by Hospitals

Hospitals beds have been installed with alarms. Elderly patients need to learn about the existence of such devices and use the same when they suspect they are at risk of suffering a fall (Karlsson, Magnusson, Von Schewelov, &amp Rosengren, 2013)

Protect the elderly patients from injuries arising from a fall”

It is essential that as a patient who is admitted to the facility, one has the right to understand the use of resources at the institution that would improve care. Upon arrival at the facility, the patient ought to demand that they are educated on the use of such devices.

Role of Companions

Elderly patients should ensure that they come to the hospital with a companion. It could be a friend, family or a close relative. In a state where none is available, the patient should ask the hospital to provide for one based on the condition they are suffering from (Azidah, Hasniza, &amp Zunaina, 2012). The companions would be there to look out for the patient helping prevent chances of a fall occurring.

Key Takeaways

Efforts be combined to deal with patient falls especially among the elderly. Patient falls can sometimes be associated with idleness. As an elderly patient, one can take the initiative of keeping themselves busy to reduce the possibility of suffering a fall. It can be done through reading newspapers or engaging in a conversation with other patients.

Conclusion

Application of the identified measures would help prevent the falls in a hospital.

References

Azidah, A. K., Hasniza, H., &amp Zunaina, E. (2012). Prevalence of falls and its associated factors among elderly diabetes in a tertiary center, Malaysia. Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research, 2012. http://doi.org/10.1155/2012/539073

Dean, E. (2012). Reducing falls among older people in hospital. Nursing Older People, 24(5), 16–19. http://doi.org/10.7748/nop2012.06.2.5.16.c9114

Karlsson, M. K., Magnusson, H., Von Schewelov, T., &amp Rosengren, B. E. (2013). Prevention of falls in the elderly – A review. Osteoporosis International. http://doi.org/10.1007/s00198-012-2256-7

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