When you are in the hospital for a procedure, we take special precautions to make sure you can move from one place to another safely.
Call to STOP a Fall
- Call or ask for help when getting up, such as to go to the bathroom. Wait until someone comes to help you. Getting up the first few times after lying in bed or taking medicines may cause you to feel dizzy or lightheaded.
- Get up slowly from the bed or chair to help prevent dizziness. Use a walker, crutches, cane or wheelchair if needed. Grasp grab bars in the bathroom. Hold onto handrails in the hall.
- Keep personal items within easy reach, such as eyeglasses, phone, tissue, water or call button. Please use your call button when you need help, especially when you can't reach things you want.
- Wear non-skid socks or slippers. If you do not have any, ask your nurse for a pair.
- Leave up the side rails on the bed, unless a staff member says it is OK to lower.
- Family and friends may be able to help. Check with the nurse before having your family member move you.
- If you fall, stay calm. Call for help and press your call button if you can. Don't get up, wait for help to arrive.
- Exercise your muscles and joints to keep in good shape to prevent falls.
Safe Patient-Handling Equipment
Bronson uses special equipment to help move or lift patients of all sizes. The equipment makes it easier to move safely and helps reduce injuries to staff members.