This information explains how to prevent your child from falling he or she is a patient in the hospital.
- Riding on the IV pole is not allowed.
- 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.
- Call for help when your child needs to get out of bed.
- Certain medications increase your child’s risk for falls. Speak to your nurse about your child’s medications.
- 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
- If you see a spill, please tell a staff member right away. Your floor will be mopped daily and a yellow sign will 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 he or she is wearing them when out of bed.
- If your child wears special braces or uses other assistive devices (e.g., walker, wheelchair, cane), please have them available for your child to use.
Call! Don't Fall! for Pediatric PatientsPrinted on May 25, 2015, 11:39 am