For elderly or frail patients their stay in hospital can be extended or even complicated if they experience a fall.
It can be due to a number of issues including their diet, strength, medications, physical activity or being in a unfamiliar environment.
Westmead Hospital neurosurgery/short stay surgical unit acting clinical nurse educator Shaireen Ramjahn said that the departmental staff assess patients who are at more risk of a fall following their admission to hospital.
“The neurosurgical ward has a dedicated falls room which is specifically for patients who are nimble on their feet … a nurse is stationed in this room 24/7,” she said.
“Westmead Hospital’s multidisciplinary staff including pharmacists, dieticians, physiotherapists and occupational therapists work together to develop strategies to prevent falls and maintain a safer environment for our patients while they are in hospital.”
Falls Prevention Awareness Week was held between August 6 – 10 and focused on educating staff about different situations which can lead to patient falls.