A quick scan of your child’s hospital room or a couple questions for her nurse could help lessen or eliminate the risk of falls.
- Patients are at increased risk for falling if they don’t feel well or are tired; they are attached to equipment, lines, and tubes; or they are in places that are unfamiliar and stressful.
- If your child is in a crib, keep bed side rails in a fully-raised and locked position; never leave when side rails are down; notify your nurse if she can climb over the side rail.
- Place your child in his crib when you are tired or planning to sleep; please do not sleep with her in your chair or bed; stay with him when he is in a high chair or on play equipment.
- For school age, older children, or adults, keep the bed in a low position; use the bedrails; keep items she’ll need within reach, including the call light, water glass, TV/game controls and phones; request an enclosed bed if he has special needs
- Let us help you move your child from bed, chairs and wheelchairs; fix lines, tubes, and equipment; get devices that could be helpful (shower chair, bedside commode). Do not disconnect equipment without help and do not move equipment and the patient at the same time.
- Tell us when your child will be alone in the room; if a small light is needed to help see; if adult supervision is needed outside the room; or if a way to the bathroom or doorway is not clear.
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