Urgent Care Center and Symptomatic Care Clinic Nursing Discharge Instructions: Falls

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This information explains nursing discharge instructions for falls and how to avoid falls from the Urgent Care Center (UCC) or the Symptomatic Care Clinic (SCC).

Falls

Falls are a serious health risk. You are at risk for falling.

What to do to help prevent falling:

  • Call for help if you feel unsteady, weak, or dizzy.
  • Use assistive devices such as canes, walkers, shower chairs, or wheelchairs if needed.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Watch for obstacles such as throw rugs, toys, stairs, or slippery or uneven surfaces.
  • Wear well-fitting rubber-soled shoes, such as sneakers
     

What to do if you fall:

  • Stay calm.
  • Look for signs to decide if you have been hurt or have an injury.
  • If you think you can get up safely, try to get up.
  • If you are hurt or cannot get up on your own, try to get help.
  • If no one is available to help, try to get comfortable and wait for someone to arrive who can help you.
  • Tell family and friends that you fell.

Call your MSK healthcare team or go to the nearest emergency room after you have had a fall, especially if you are on medications to thin your blood or have hit your head. Your care team may direct you to your regional Symptomatic Care Clinic (SCC) or the Urgent Care Center (UCC).

Follow up with your MSK healthcare team after discharge.

For more information, visit www.mskcc.org/pe/avoid_falling

You can search for information on this topic and many others in MSK’s Patient and Caregiver Education library at www.mskcc.org/pe

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