This department offers help and advice for patients, carers and staff in the prevention of falls.
What is a fall?
'An untoward event which results in the patient coming to rest unintentionally on the ground or other lower surface.'
Morris and Issacs, 1980
A slipping, tripping or other mishap generally related to environmental factors.
Falls that occurs due to a medical condition such as Postural Hypertension or low blood sugar. This may result in the person losing consciousness.
Anticipated physiological fall:
Falls that occur with patients that are identified as at risk of falling.
Unanticipated physiological fall:
Attributed to physiological causes but are created by conditions that cannot be predicted before the first occurrence.