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Safety: Preventing Patient Falls
Follow these five basic precautions to keep patients upright and safe.
Kathy Beydler, RN, MBA, CNOR, CASC
Publish Date: November 18, 2021   |  Tags:   Patient Safety
Helping Hand
A HELPING HAND Always consider the liability and potential for injury before escorting patients to their cars after surgery.
It’s the middle of a hectic day and your worst nightmare just happened. A patient has fallen, and now you must check for potential injuries and reassure them and their family members that everything is alright. That’s the best-case scenario. Patients who fall are at risk of suffering fractures, joint dislocations, closed head injuries or subdural hematomas — serious injuries that jeopardize their long-term health and have the potential to put your facility in legal jeopardy. Implementing these basic steps into your perioperative routines will help to protect patients from fall-related harm.
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