Nurses are witness to some of the most distressing sights anyone may encounter.
Among those is finding a patient in their care lying on the floor in pain and confused after a fall.
Unfortunately on average, one patient falls at Latrobe Regional Hospital every day.
It’s not unusual to have up to six falls, depending on how unwell our patients are.
A patient may fall for a number of reasons – they may be confused after surgery or as a result of an illness. In some cases, they simply have the wrong footwear or can’t reach their possessions from their bed. And it’s not just older patients – falls happen across all ages.
Our team has been focusing on the falls rate at LRH over the past 12 months and is trying a number of interventions.
Our Tax Time Appeal this year is focusing on a solution to support our efforts to reduce the falls risk. LRH is raising money to purchase more bed alarms.
Developed in Australia, the Proximate bed alarm system uses induction ('touch sensing') to monitor changes in the electrical field between a patient and the sensor resulting in earlier detection of movement.
The alarm is not limited by patient weight or by the surface the patient is sitting or lying on.
It also only alarms when the patient has left the bed or chair and will not ‘false alarm’ when the patient has only rolled over or changed position.
This appeal hopes to raise funds to purchase 20 Proximate alarms for LRH to help reduce the risk of a patient falling while in our care.