Simple ways to prevent falls

Julie Swann
  • British Journal of Healthcare Assistants, April 2010, Mark Allen Group
  • DOI: 10.12968/bjha.2010.4.4.47483

What is it about?

Environmental hazards can be removed and patients who are at high risk due to medication, visual and other problems can be monitored and assisted to prevent falls.

Why is it important?

Falls are a leading cause of death in people older than 75, and it is estimated that up to 40% of reported safety incidents in inpatient involve a fall. People of all ages can suffer major injuries from a fall, although older people are at an increasing rate of falling. Four hundred risk factors have been identified and many of these can be addressed by healthcare assistants and assistant practitioners in the course of their work.


Mrs Julie I Swann

Even a minor fall can lead to a loss of confidence and mobility.

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