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Falls prevention

Falls are a significant cause of potential harm in health care, and are a national safety and quality priority.

Identifying and managing the risk of harm from falls forms part of the Comprehensive Care Standard. 

NSQHS Standards (second edition)

Falls remain a major safety and quality risk in health service organisations. Falls prevention and harm minimisation plans based on best practice and evidence can improve patient outcomes.

Delirium should be considered a risk factor for falls. Refer to Action 5.29 and the Delirium Clinical Care Standard for strategies to manage risks of harm related to delirium.

Preventing Falls and Harm from Falls in Older People: Best Practice Guidelines 2009

The Commission has also developed best practice guidelines for Australian Hospitals, Residential Aged Care Facilities and Community Care to help reduce the number of falls and resulting harm experienced by older people in care. 


Recent evidence related to asymptomatic bacteriuria has found that treatment with antibiotics is only required in very limited circumstances. Only where a patient meets the criteria set out in the Therapeutics Guidelines Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Asymptomatic Bacteriuria: 2019  should a urinalysis test be conducted.  These Guidelines for Preventing Falls and Harm from Falls have been updated to reflect this new advice.

For more information, refer to the fact sheet: Asymptomatic bacteriuria: reducing inappropriate antimicrobial prescribing for aged care facility residents

Guidebook for Preventing Falls and Harm from Falls in Older People

A short version, or guidebook was also developed:




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