Fall is officially around the corner, and now is the perfect time to take a close look at your home or facility's fall prevention efforts. Falls are a serious problem in nursing homes, with roughly 1,800 residents dying each year from fall-related injuries.
Preventing falls requires implementing interventions at the organizational, staff and resident levels. There are also a number of products on the market designed to help reduce falls and fall-related injuries, including:
Fall mats: These mats are typically placed at the bedside and help to absorb the impact from falls and prevent serious injury.
Alarm/sensor pad systems: These two-piece systems can be placed in chairs or beds to alert staff when residents at risk of falls are on the move.
Non-skid slippers: These slippers have slip-resistant soles. Many facilities use a color-coding system to indicate which residents are at a high risk of falling.
Bathtub safety mats: Typically held in place by suction cups, these mats create a slip-resistant surface during bathing.
Grab bars: Mounted either horizontally or vertically, grab bars provide additional support and balance.
Raised toilet seats: Elevating a toilet seat's height can make it easier for the resident to sit and stand.
Falls are one of the most challenging problems in long-term care, and tag F-323 is one of the most common deficiencies in the nation. We've included guidance below on what to do after a fall occurs as well as how to prevent them from happening in the first place.
It's important to take proper action following a fall, including asking the resident and/or staff:
- "Where were you trying to go?"
- "What were you trying to get?"
- "What were you trying to do?"
"How did this happen?"
Determining what may have caused or contributed to the fall and revising the resident's care plan and/or facility practices to reduce the likelihood of another fall is crucial.
CWI Medical has many other items available that help people with different needs with regards to preventing falls. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact CWI Medical at 1-877-9-CWIMED or over the web at http://www.cwimedical.com.