RMH collects and monitors any falls that occur during a patient stay, over each month of the year.

The information is collected through the organisation’s incident management system, called ‘RiskMan’. Falls are monitored in each area of the hospital, or ward, and for the organisation as a whole.

How well did we do?

The number of falls is given as the number for every 1000 people staying overnight in hospital (called bed days) during that month.

Why is this measure important?

This measure helps us to understand who is at risk of falling while in hospital. We can then create a care plan with our patients and consumers that will help keep them safe while in our care.

‘Care and Outcomes’ is one of the key strategic priorities for RMH through improving patient safety.

What are we doing to continue to improve?

We comprehensively assesses every patient for their risk of falls and talk to them about ways to prevent falls.

We have ‘post fall’ conversations, or huddles, with patients and consumers and our health care teams to discuss how the fall happened and what can be done to prevent any future harm.

How can you help us to prevent falls?

To help prevent falls, you can let us know

  • if you have fallen before, at home and out and about, or have been feeling dizzy recently
  • if you have difficulties with your feet or legs, or feel you are having problems with your balance
  • if your medications make you drowsy, confused or affect your coordination
  • if you have times when you need to go to the toilet urgently, to avoid an accident

Make sure you bring to hospital:

  • your glasses
  • your hearing aids
  • your walking stick or frame (labelled with your name)
  • comfortable flat non-slip shoes with laces or Velcro to fasten them on your feet
  • your current medications and tablets – these will be checked while you are in hospital

While in hospital:

  • have the call bell within easy reach at all times, so you can ask for assistance when needed
  • keep items that you use a lot, such as glasses and walking aids, within your reach
  • make sure there are no things / obstacles around the bed for you to trip over
  • never lean on your bedside table or meal table, because these have wheels and can roll away from you

What matters to you, matters to us. Find out more information about how we will work with you to keep you safe while you’re in hospital.