Falls in hospital can lead to injury and can delay your discharge home.
How falls can be prevented while in hospital:
- Use your call bell. Keep it in easy reach and ring early if you require assistance. Please wait for staff, especially if you have been told you require assistance
- Sit down to shower and use the rails to get off the chair or the toilet. If you feel unsafe in the bathroom, remain seated, use the call bell and wait for assistance
- Familiarise yourself with your room and bathroom. Be aware of any hazards (e.g. spills and clutter) and advise staff when you see them
- Take your time. When getting up from sitting or lying down. Let staff know if you feel unwell or unsteady on your feet. Use stable objects for support
- Use your walking aid. Always use your own walking aid and keep it within reach
- Wear safe footwear. Wear supportive shoes, slippers or non-slip socks that fit you well – no scuffs or thongs. Do not walk in socks or surgical stockings without non-slip soles
- Wear your glasses. Keep glasses clean and within easy reach
- At night. Use the light button on the call bell to turn on the light before getting out of bed
- Turn the light on in the bathroom
If you are at risk of falls or have had a fall in the past, it is important to think about how to make your home environment safer. This Clinical Excellence Commission information sheet has useful advice and information for you to follow.
Pressure Injury Prevention
A pressure injury, also referred to as a pressure ulcer or bed sore, is an injury to the skin caused by unrelieved pressure. It may occur when you are unable to move due to illness, injury or surgery. A pressure injury can develop at home or in hospital. They may develop from poorly fitted shoes, under plasters, splints or braces, and around medical equipment such as tubes, masks or drains. Pressure injuries can happen quickly, from lying or sitting in the same position for too long. They can be painful, take a long time to heal, and may lead to other complications.
Please visit the Clinical Excellence Commission to give you more information on how to prevent pressure injuries.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has information about cardiovascular disease including diabetes, stroke, heart disease and high blood pressure. There is information to help you identify risk factors for these diseases.
Heart Disease Prevention
The Heart Foundation website is a useful resource with information about:
- Heart conditions
- Healthy Living
- Physical Activity
- Healthy Weight
- Mental health
- Healthy Kids
- Women and heart disease
- Heart smart recipes
Diabetes Australia has information that can be viewed in a number of languages. There is also information specific to indigenous Australians. It offers an explanation of what Diabetes is and how to assess if you are at risk. There is information to help you if you have just been diagnosed and information specific to indigenous Australians.