April Falls Day 2016

The Theme for 2016 April Falls Day® is:

Share the Care: Falls Prevention is everyone's business®

This is about involving everyone in the care of the older person - patients, family, carer, doctors, nurses, allied health staff - to prevent falls and keep older people safe.

April Falls Day® 2016 is an opportunity to promote preventing falls and harm from falls across your hospital, community setting or residential aged care facility.

Resources available
Share the Care: Falls Prevention is everyone's business®

Past April Falls Day Posters with 2016 logo

PowerPoint Presentation

Information for Carers

Information for clinicians:

  • The Safety Huddle: Preventing repeat falls and near miss falls
    The Safety Huddle consists of a multidisciplinary review of a fall or near miss fall, led by a nursing unit manager (NUM) and held in consultation with the patient. After determining the need for emergency care and acting accordingly, the post-fall Safety Huddle is convened as soon as practically possible. Involving the patient and where possible their carer is critical to the success of the Safety Huddle. It enables the patient to have a greater understanding of the strategies chosen to prevent a repeat fall and increases their adherence to these strategies. For an more information and an outline of this strategy please visit the ACI.
  • The Story of Mrs Andrews
    Mrs Andrews had a fall at home, spent several weeks in hospital and never made it home. Dr David Oliver discusses what went wrong in her hospital care and how it should been different. This is based on the UK hospital system but there are some key learning principles in the video.
  • Barbara's story, Guy and St Thomas, NHS UK
    Barbara's story is a short film about Barbara and her experiences during a hospital visit and is part of an innovative training programme about dementia. This film uses actors to portray the scenario. View the video.