Tips to prevent falls while you are in the hospital

Remember: Certain medicines, general weakness, and new surroundings during your hospital stay can increase your risk of falling.

Tips to prevent falls

  1. For your safety, a member of the nursing staff will stay within arm’s reach with you in the bathroom and when you are walking.
  2. Wear nonslip footwear (red slippers) when you are up.
  3. Other things that may be used to keep you safe in the hospital include a bed alarm, chair pad alarm, floor mat or observation camera.
  4. Use the call light when you need help.
  5. Ask the nursing staff for help to and from the bathroom. This is very important if you are unsteady. The call light in the bathroom may be located on the wall.
  6. If you take medicines that cause you to go to the bathroom often, ask for help when you need to get up. Consider using a commode or urinal.
  7. Some medicines may cause you to feel dizzy or sleepy. Take your time getting out of the bed or chair. Sit at the edge of the bed for a few seconds before you get up.
  8. Wear your eyeglasses, hearing aid(s) or both when you are awake.
  9. Walkers and canes can provide support. Other items do not. Do not lean on the bedside table, furniture, IV pole or other items to steady yourself.
  10. Ask a member of your health care team to place the call light, phone and personal items within your reach before he or she leaves the room.
  11. Tell a member of the nursing staff if you have any concerns about your safety.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Hip Replacement, fifth edition, ortho-ah-90139
First Published: 10/01/2000
Last Reviewed: 05/26/2017