Often patients enter hospitals with inadequate or unsafe footwear. Although falls in the hospital will never be totally eliminated, continual initiatives by nursing and other hospital staff can reduce fall incedents. The "dots" program is under way in many hospitals to signal patients on fall prevention. Walk Alerts may extend this identification program when the patient is out of their room.

Walk Alerts are specially colored slippers that can be used to increase patient involvement in their own saftey. They serve a dual purpose:

  • The slipper acts as a coding system to alert hospital staff to those patients in a "high risk" screen for falls.
  • The special color increases patient involvement in their own saftey. Wearing the Walk Alerts can serve as a reminder for patients to "wait for assistance" when ambulating. Also, the slipper has a raised tread to reduce foot slippage.

Suggestions for Fall Prevention Program Usage

  • Explain the purpose of your hospital's fall prevention program to the patient and/or family. Be sure the patient has positive feelings about being "specially chosen" and involved in his or her own saftey. A benefit could be no injury.
  • Explain that patients on the Walk Alert program are to "wait for assistance when ambulating from the bed, chair, commode or other location.
  • Decide with the patient whether wearing the slipper continually (to help keep feet warm) or part time (when ambulating with assistance) is the best approach.
  • Complete any other fall prevention steps your hospital requires for placing patients on the "high risk" fall screen such as dots on the chart or door, use of an Ambularm, or restraints if indicated.

 

 

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