Fall Prevention

Fall Prevention

Maximizing safety through the prevention of falls.

Griffin Hospital is focused on preventing falls, which are the leading cause of injury, hospitalization, and death in older adults. Approximately 20-30% of falls result in moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures or head trauma, which can lead to decreased mobility, loss of independence, and an increased risk of premature death.

Because the risk of falling increases dramatically during hospitalization, we will conduct a fall risk assessment when you are admitted. To help us keep you safe, please tell your nurse if you have any of the following conditions that may increase your risk of falling:

  • A recent history of falls
  • Dizziness
  • Diminished vision
  • Problems with walking and balance
  • Lower body weakness or numbness
  • Urinary frequency and urgency
  • A history of heart arrhythmias
  • A history of stroke or seizure

Please be aware of the following factors that may also increase your risk of falling:

  • Anesthesia
  • Pain medication
  • Cardiac and anti-hypertensive medications
  • Taking multiple medications (4 or more)
  • Decreased physical activity
  • Decreased fluid intake/dehydration
  • Infection
  • Attachment to medical equipment such as IV's, oxygen tubing
  • Poorly fitting or improper footwear
  • An unfamiliar environment
  • Belief that asking for help is inappropriate

During your stay, hospital staff may take extra precautions to keep you safe, such as placing a red bracelet on your wrist to alert others of an increased risk of falling, or utilizing bed alarms or other special safety devices. We ask that you help us ensure your safety and prevent falls by:

  • Having your call bell within reach
  • Calling for assistance before getting out of bed
  • Getting up slowly; sit on the side of the bed before rising
  • Sitting down immediately if you are dizzy and asking for assistance
  • Using handrails in the bathroom and hallways
  • Wearing well fitted, non-slip proof footwear
  • Drinking plenty of fluids
  • Talking with your doctors and nurses about your medications and their side effects

Please remember, your safety is extremely important to us. Please alert staff about any safety concerns you may have, and feel free to ask questions or request assistance if needed.