AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for September 26, 2021: Stand Up to Falls!

Fall is here, and soon we’ll be watching colorful autumn leaves float gracefully to the ground.

But in acute care units, when we hear the word “fall,” a much different scene usually comes to mind and there’s not much graceful about it! Fear of falling is common for older patients—and  their caregivers—but there are things we can do to help reduce the risk of falls, especially for when patients return home after their hospital stays. One of them is to keep patients strong and improve their balance by encouraging them to perform sit-to-stand exercises regularly, and to transfer from beds and wheelchairs to chairs for meals and other activities.

We invite you to “Stand Up Against Falls”! During the months of October and November, we’d like your unit staff to work together to consistently get patients out of bed and moving by going for walks, doing sit-to-stands, and transferring them from beds to chairs.

Here’s a quick video of the sit-to-stand exercise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chZryRzvJnY

And here’s a handout with instructions from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/steadi/pdf/Chair_Rise_Exercise-print.pdf

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