Welcome! Introduction to the Fall Ambassador Program

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in participating in the Fall Ambassador program!

Minimizing hospital fall risk is an important aspect of patient care. By learning about the issue and assisting in reducing falls, you will acquire knowledge that will be extremely helpful in keeping your patients safe during your future career in health care.

The goal of this program is to assist the hospital in keeping patients, during their stay here, as safe and comfortable as possible. Because patients often come to our facility in weakened conditions, they are sometimes at risk for inadvertent mishaps.

One of these potential situations is the possibility of the patient falling and injuring themselves. Falls during hospitalization are a serious problem. Two to 15% of inpatients experience at least one fall during their hospital stay. Preventing falls is important because about 30% of falls cause injuries, including bruises, lacerations, fractures, intracranial bleeding, and even death.

The Reagan Medical Center has implemented methods to improve patient safety and comfort while reducing falls. In an effort to further decrease the possibility of patient falls, the Falls Committee has adopted a method to reduce falls occurrences further; by using a methodology to assess individual patient’s fall risk, a score is assigned and special protocols are followed for patients with scores above a certain threshold.

Some of the practices include:

  • Assigning bed alarms to patients. Bed alarms are designed to alert the staff when a patient loses bodily contact with the bed surface.
  • Maintaining a clear line of sigh to the patient. Often curtains ar edrawn or doors closed and any risky actions, such as getting out of bed unassisted, cannot be observed by the nursing staff.
  • Alerting staff of high risk patients via a tag above the patient’s door.
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