Slip and Fall Injuries in Healthcare Facilities

Your healthcare facility staff plays an important role in providing medical and daily living care for your patients and residents. Follow these guidelines to help protect your employees, patients, and visitors from slip and fall injuries:

  • Audit your facility to identify and correct trip hazards, such as bed-call light cords, floor mattresses, and bed cranks.
  • Implement a footwear policy that includes slip-resistant soles.
  • Treat floors and stair treads with slip-resistant coatings and treatments.
  • Assess special areas, such as dietary departments and hallways, for slip resistance.
  • Encourage workers to clean up, cover, and/or report contaminants.
  • Promptly clean up all spills and designate spill spotters to monitor wet floor hazards.
  • Provide water-absorbent walk-off mats with beveled edges, paper towel holders, trash cans, and umbrella bags near entrances.
  • Provide adequate lighting in walkways and areas such as steps, ramps, employee entrances, dumpsters, and docks.
  • Use appropriate methods for cleaning and degreasing kitchen floors. Choose appropriate cleaning products for the conditions and mix cleaning products according to the manufacturers’ directions.
  • Control the humidity in service corridors and other known areas of moisture buildup.
  • Evaluate entryways to the building, including parking lot surfaces, during inclement weather and address snow, debris, etc., as appropriate.
  • Use mats in lobbies and entryways that are designed to absorb water and remove soil from footwear.
  • Ensure stairs and handrails are in compliance with stairway design guidelines and recommendations.
  • Patch, fill, or slope cracks, holes, and changes in level in walkways and parking areas.
  • Provide sufficient space between walls, furniture, and other equipment in corridors and rooms.
  • Encourage employees to use carts when moving charts, laptops, and equipment from room to room. Close laptops to keep a clear view.

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The illustrations, instructions, and principles in this material are general in scope and, to the best of our knowledge, current at the time of publication. No attempt has been made to interpret any referenced codes, standards, or regulations nor to identify all potential risks or requirements.