Reducing harm from falls 'How to' guide

Due to popular demand from our contacts within Trusts, we have developed a ‘How to’ guide for reducing harm from falls. This guide includes case studies, how to get started with reducing harm from falls, and actions that leaders and frontline staff can take.

‘How to’ guide for reducing harm from falls

The causes of falls are complex and older hospital patients are particularly likely to be vulnerable to falling through medical conditions including delirium, cardiac, neurological or muscular-skeletal conditions, side effects from medication, or problems with their balance, strength or mobility. Problems like poor eyesight or poor memory can also create a greater risk of falls when someone is out of their normal environment. However, patient safety has to be balanced with independence, rehabilitation, privacy, and dignity.

With this in mind any interventions need to be tailored for the individuals concerned.