Mar 31
April Falls Day: Don’t Let Confusion Cloud The Risk Of Falls - Bathurst

People with confusion, including those suffering dementia and delirium due to illness, are the focus of the 2015 April Falls Day® theme: Don’t let confusion cloud the risk of falls.

People with confusion can be at a higher risk of falling. The Clinical Excellence Commission’s (CEC) NSW Falls Prevention Program has developed resources to help promote better care for patients with confusion and prevent them falling. Bathurst Health Service will have a display of these resources in the hospital’s main foyer on April Falls Day, Wednesday 1 April, from 9am -3pm.

As well as current falls prevention information, local health professionals will be available to talk about falls prevention. There will also be an ‘Easy Living’ display of comfortable safe shoes.

Lorraine Lovitt, Leader of the CEC’s NSW Falls Prevention Program, said that it is important to find the reason for the patient’s confusion as a first step and then interventions could be put in place to help prevent a fall in consultation with the patient, family and carers. She said signs of confusion could be sudden and fluctuating.

There may also be signs of increased agitation, disorientation or changes in the level of consciousness. Families and cares of patients in hospital can provide staff with valuable information if they find their loved one is more confused than ‘normal’.

“A fall is serious and can lead to long term hospitalisation, loss of independence, the need for supported care and, in some cases, premature death,” Ms Lovitt said.

One in three people older than 65 have a fall each year, but falls can be prevented. For more information on falls prevention visit the CEC website and follow the April Falls Day® 2015 link http://www.cec.health.nsw.gov.au/programs/falls-prevention/april-falls-day-2015.

For more details about falls prevention, please contact the Nursing Unit Manager of Bathurst Rehabilitation Ros Perry on 6330 5157 or just come to the Bathurst Health Service Main Foyer on April Falls Day to access current education material and speak with a health professional.