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April Falls Day
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It may be an amusing play on words but the state-wide April Falls Day (Wednesday 1st April) and April Falls Month are serious business.

Their purpose is to promote falls prevention for all patients and assist older people to stay fall-free in the community.


'Stay Safe - Communicate'

The key to safety is communication. Communicate safety risks every shift, every risk, every change, every time.

Fall patient safety risks include: cognition, delirium, mobility status, personal care/toileting, poor vision and environmental risks.

Help keep patients safe and prevent falls by:

  • Identifying patients falls safety risks
  • Managing their risks appropriately
  • Involving patients, families and/or Carers
  • Communicating patient's fall safety risks to all staff involved in the patient's care.

Health staff can communicate patient fall safety risks at:

  • Safety Huddles
  • Clinical Handover
  • Intentional Rounding
  • Post Fall Huddles

April Falls Day® 2020 is an opportunity to promote fall prevention across hospitals, community setting or residential aged care facility.

Use the following resources to get the message out during April Falls Month activities.

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2020 Posters:

General April Falls Posters

More Information

NSW Clinical Excellence Commission - April Falls Day

NSW Falls Prevention Program - Clinical Excellence Commission

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