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Children with cancer can be at risk for falls, especially at certain times during treatment. Falls can lead to injury and interfere with cancer care. Falls, or fear of falling, can also create stress and worry for patients and families. Knowing the risks for falling and taking action can help prevent falls.
The risk of falls can be greater in the hospital than it is at home because of illness, procedures, medicines, and changes in environment and routine. Medical devices and equipment can interfere with movement or cause a patient to trip. Some patients may need to wear a special hospital bracelet if they have a higher than normal risk of falls.
Ways families can help prevent falls in the hospital include:
Whether at home or in the hospital, there are some easy ways patients and families can help prevent falls. These include:
Many falls at home can be prevented by taking simple steps.
If falls are an ongoing problem, services such as physical therapy can help decrease the frequency of and risk for falls.