Once a fall has occurred, the nurse should:
- Interview the patient as soon as possible.
- Evaluate the patient’s clinical condition and risk factors.
- Investigate possible environmental factors that may have contributed to the fall.
- Assess equipment.
- Define/implement interventions consistent with patient goals/standard of practice.
- Interview staff.
- Document the fall.
- Monitor/evaluate the impact of the interventions.
- Revise interventions.
Implement a visual cueing protocol
Preventing falls is everyone’s responsibility, but how can your staff participate in the fight against falls without knowing whom they should be looking out for?
Choose products in a bright colour, like yellow, to help caregivers quickly, yet discreetly, identify patients at a high risk for falls.
Through visual cueing, any member of the staff can play an important role in reducing the number of patient falls.
As yellow is the most commonly used colour for identifying high-risk patients, Medline has developed an exclusive range of yellow falls prevention products to help you easily introduce visual cueing at your hospital.