Best practice: falls prevention

Best practice: falls prevention
Developed by: Peninsula Health
Format: Poster
Availability: <Download poster - PDF version>
This poster developed by Peninsula Health’s falls prevention service lists 11 actions staff
can undertake to help prevent falls in their facility. It can be displayed in a prominent
position within the facility to act as a reminder to staff as to what they can do to help
prevent falls.
In 2009 the Department of Health funded Northern Health, in conjunction with National Ageing Research
Institute, to review falls prevention resources for the Department of Health’s website. The materials used as
the basis of this generic resource were developed by Peninsula Health under a Service Agreement with the
Department of Human Services, now the Department of Health. Other resources to maintain health and
wellbeing of older people are available from
Department of Health
Best Practice
Promoting a Falls
Prevention Culture
Strong evidence exists that
falls prevention strategy can be
effective if a hospital culture
exists that ‘falls can be prevented’
Encouraging Safe
Activity Prevents Falls
Managing Falls Risk
Managing care needs to prevent
patient falls requires teamwork,
communication and regular
review of falls risk.
Promoting safe participation in
activity prevents deconditioning
that can lead to falls.
Reporting Falls
Promotes Learning
Training resource
staff in best practice
falls prevention helps
improve the skill base
of staff, and awareness
of falls prevention
Staff reporting of all falls
and near misses, promotes
an improved understanding
of the problem and assists
with finding the solutions.
Falls Prevention Policy
An Inpatient Falls Prevention Policy
ensures that the commitment and
responsibilities of preventing falls are
shared across all services and
program areas.
of High Risk
Participation in
Active rehabilitation
improves balance,
strength and functional
The use of bed
sensors can assist the
staff to provide prompt
attention to ‘at risk’ or
unsteady patients.
Wearing Hip Protectors
Maintaining a
Safe Environment
Hip protectors worn by
ambulant patients at risk of falls
can reduce the likelihood of hip
fracture following a fall by 60%.
Reducing hazards and
clutter is an integral part
of ensuring patient safety.
Assessing Falls Risk
Early assessment of falls risk
will help us to identify care
needs to ensure patient safety.
Produced by the Falls
Prevention Service and
Inpatient Falls Program
See the FRAT PACK/Falls Resource Manual
located on your Unit for details.