Test Your Knowledge 1

Test your knowledge

Which of the following is not a risk factor for falls in the hospital setting? (Hint, you will find the answer on Page 82 of the research document in the links on the Falls Risk Assessment page of this module)

Select one of the options below and then click submit to check your answer.

Incorrect. Falls most commonly occur at times when observational capacity is low (by staff or visitors), eg., at shower and meal times, and outside visiting hours.

Incorrect. Patient confusion, impaired orientation and misperception of functional ability all increase the risk of falls.

Incorrect. Deficits in relation to vision and balance do increase the risk of falls.

Correct. Older patients who have been hospitalised for 19 days or more are at higher risk of falling.