Preventing patient falls is a Joint Commission Safety goal. At Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, the inpatient pediatric unit instituted using the Humpty Dumpty Scale to assess pediatric inpatient's for the likeliness of having a fall. The Humpty Dumpty Scale uses the following parameters to assess a patient's incidence to fall: age, gender, diagnosis, cognitive impairments, environmental factors, response to surgery, sedation, anesthesia, and medication usage.
Recommended CitationOndik, MSN, RN, CPN, Judilyn and Degorski, BSN, RN CPN, Anne, "Falls Prevention on the Pediatric/ CRH Unit" (2009). Jefferson Hospital Nurses Week. Paper 4.