UK hospital increases fall prevention with nonslip socks

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Hospital administrators know how important a safety and health management system is to reduce workplace hazards and injuries. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, hospitals are some of the most dangerous places to work. In 2011, U.S. hospitals recorded 253,700 work-related injuries and illnesses, which is almost twice the rate for private industry as a whole. That’s why nursing shoes and slip-resistant shoes for maintenance staff are so essential: They help keep people safe.

And while safety shoes in the workplace are required for many hospital workers, regulating patient footwear isn’t as easy. You can’t exactly give every patient his or her own pair of nonslip shoes to wear during the hospital visit. You can, however, take a cue from the U.K.’s Croydon University Hospital and distribute nonslip socks.

The hospital’s new Falls Prevention Group, led by a consultant and a head of nursing, has implemented several changes to improve patient care and safety. Providing nonslip socks to all patients, dedicating ward rounds to monitor patients such as the elderly who are deemed most at risk, and introducing a falls prevention training program for staff has helped reduce the number of fall incidents each month. In April 2011, 100 patient falls occurred. Now, it’s around 70 per month.

“Our work is paying dividends but we are not complacent and will continue to do everything possible to eradicate avoidable falls,” said Croydon health services Falls Prevention Group chairman Dr. Wallace Tan, consultant geriatrician, according to the Croydon Advertiser.​ “We are making good progress here and will continue to learn from other hospitals on how we can do even better.”

Safety and nurse shoes for staff and nonslip socks for patients are two simple, practical ways to reduce the number of falls that occur within hospitals. Do you think these socks are a feasible idea? Let us know on our Facebook page!


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