Falls can be prevented. Paediatric falls in hospitals are a relatively rare occurrence, however if a child does fall, the consequences may be serious. The majority of incidents involving children younger than 10 years of age are related to falls from beds and cots when parents and carers may be distracted briefly and leave the child unattended with the side rails down.
The NSW Paediatric Fall Risk Assessment Tool has been adapted under licence from the Miami Children’s Hospital Humpty Dumpty Falls Tool. All children should have a risk assessment completed on admission, and every three days thereafter, unless their condition changes. Completion of the assessment also requires clinical judgement and interventions individualised for each child.
Information for Parents & Carers
It is important to discuss with parents or carers the child’s fall risk and appropriate interventions. This will include educating parents and carers about how to keep their baby safe from falling, for example keeping safe while changing nappies or bathing babies, the risk of falling asleep while holding their baby and walking around with their child in their arms.
Information for Parents & Carers:
Falls Prevention for Children in Hospital
Order via Stream Solutions 1300 786 075
Stock Code: NH70090 $33.42 + GST Pkt of 50
Posters and Flyers
The CEC has developed a range of posters aimed at parents and carers in raising awareness of potential risk of falls in the hospital setting.
|Return to||Return to|