What does this mean?
Falls are more common in patients who are elderly, weak or recovering from surgery. They often occur when patients are trying to get out of bed or in the bathroom.
This measure identifies falls that occur in hospital and result in a fracture or intracranial (head) injury. Fractures may include sites such as the hip, spine, rib, forearm, leg, hand or foot.
What are we doing to further reduce falls?
When you are admitted to hospital, your nurse will orientate you to the ward and give you tips on how you and your family/carer can help to prevent you having a fall while in hospital.
Depending on your level of risk, a falls reduction plan may be put in place to help prevent you from falling while in hospital. Cabrini uses a traffic light system with different colours that inform staff and help to keep you safe. We encourage you to wear appropriately fitting footwear/slippers and clothing to reduce your risk of falling.
What can you do?
Patients, families and carers have an important role to play in preventing and managing falls in hospital. Please see the following information fact sheet for more information.
Malvern falls resulting in fracture or other intracranial injury rate
Brighton falls resulting in fracture or other intracranial injury rate
Excluded: Hopetoun falls resulting in fracture or other intracranial injury rate
Hopetoun is a small rehabilitation unit and so there are no meaningful benchmarks.
Excluded: Prahran falls resulting in fracture or other intracranial injury rate
Prahran is a palliative care unit.