|Place patient in bedroom close to nursing station.||Allows for closer observation by greater number of staff.|
|Place high risk signage (falling star) in bedroom and on outside of room door.||Alerts all staff that patient is at fall risk.|
|Place fall prevention storyboard (identified risk factors and interventions) on wall in front of patient's bed.||Used to increase staff awareness of patient's care plan.
Used as a teaching aide for patients/families in ways to prevent falls.
|Place bed in low position so that knees are at 90 degrees to floor.||Bed position provides maximum safe egress.|
|Place side rails down on exit side of bed and two split rails up on non-exit side of bed.
If patient exhibits impaired transfers, place head split rail up on exit side of bed and two split rails up on non-exit side of bed.
|Protects and directs patient to exit on 'safe side' of bed.
Side rail used as 'enabler' (hand-hold) for safe transfers.
|Place anti-slip strips on floor where patient exits bed.||Protects patient from slipping on spilled items (urine, feces, blood, water, etc.).|
|Place over-the-bed table on non-exit side of bed.||Prevents patient from using table for hand support during transfers.|
|Place sturdy chairs with armrests and seats no higher or lower than 18 inches. Avoid chairs with wheels.||Provides maximum support for safe chair egress.|
|Place commode chair next to bed, on exit side of bed for patients with urinary impairment (e.g., incontinence, nocturia).||Provides safe option to meet toileting needs.|
|Keep room illuminated during day.
Place 'motion-activated' night light by bed and in bathroom.
|Provides greater visibility.
Provides safe pathway to bathroom during night.
|Place call bell/personal items within reach of patient.||Patient doesn't have to stretch or exit bed to reach items.|
|IV pole on exit side of bed (tubes/lines not across bed).||Prevent lines from being pulled out/patient getting tangled in lines.|
|Bed/chair alarm.||Alarm provides audible alert when patient is attempting to stand.
Alarm utilized as an 'assessment tool' to help identify a patient's pattern of bed or chair exits and supervision needs.