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Call! Don't Fall! for Pediatric Patients

This information explains how to prevent your child from falling he or she is a patient in the hospital.

  • Call for assistance when your child needs to get out of bed.
  • Certain medicines increase your child's risk for falls. Speak to your nurse about your child's medicines.
  • Some of the furniture in the room is on wheels and should not be used for support. Examples are the overbed table, the bedside table, and the IV pole.
  • Do not let your child wear backless slippers, slippers without nonskid soles, or flip-flops. Ask your nursing assistant or nurse for socks with treads for your child.
  • Make sure your child has:
    • Access to a night light.
    • Necessary items within reach.
    • The siderails raised on the bed.
    • A clear path to the bathroom with no objects in the way.
  • Please call to have any spills wiped up immediately. Your floor will be mopped daily and a yellow sign should be placed to warn you when the floor is wet.
  • For your child's safety, there are grab bars by the toilet and shower in the bathroom.
  • If your child wears glasses or hearing aids, please make sure they are wearing them when out of bed.
  • If your child wears special braces or uses other assistive devices (walkers, wheelchairs, canes), please have them available for your child to use.
  • Riding on the IV pole is prohibited for all patients.
  • Children under the age of 2, or any child who is still in a crib at home (regardless of age) will be required to be in a crib while in the hospital.