After a fall in the hospital

Hospital safety - falls; Patient safety - falls

Falls can be a serious problem in the hospital. Factors that increase the risk of falls include:

  • Poor lighting
  • Slippery floors
  • Equipment in rooms and hallways that gets in the way
  • Being weak or confused from illness or surgery
  • Being in new surroundings
  • A history of falls

Hospital staff often do not see patients fall. But falls require attention right away to lessen the risk of injury.

When the Patient Falls

After the Fall