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NSW, 6007

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Phone: (02) 6360 3699

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PATIENT FALLS

The risk of falling increases with age in particular for people over the age of 65 years.  Falls related injuries can include minor skin abrasions, joint dislocation, fractures and head injuries.  These injuries may result in hospitalisation or an increase in length of hospital stay.  The risk of falling can greatly increase when admitted to hospital due to a range of factors including illness and unsteadiness, adapting to a new environment, the introduction of new medication s and walking in unsafe footwear or slippers. 

 

Reducing the risk of patient harm resulting from falls is one of the patient safety goals of the Australian Commission on Safety & Quality in Healthcare (ACSQHC).  Subiaco Private Hospital has a falls prevention program that provides guidelines for everyone involved in the care of patients who are identified as being at risk.  The hospital uses specific criteria and tools to risk assess patients and put in place a number of strategies to minimise falls whilst in hospital.

 

What is Orange Surgery Centre doing to further reduce falls?

  • Assessment of all patients at risk from falls

  • Implementation of precautions to reduced the risk of falling – for example use of lifting equipment and walking aids

  • Education and training of staff in falls prevention, reduction and management

  • Reporting, investigating and monitoring  falls incidents

  • Quality improvement activities to prevent falls and minimise harm

  • Spot inspections of the hospital environment to reduce the risk of falls

 

Further reading: Staying active and on your feet brochure – NSW Health www.activeandhealthy.nsw.gov.au