Fall Prevention: How to Get Up After a Fall

Adrienne Jaworski, R.N. talks about the right way to get up immediately after having a fall.

The following is a transcript of the video:

We’re going to talk a little bit now about falling and getting up. Now you know that when you … if you fall in an area that has a lot of people, people are very willing to come running to your aid to pick you up. This is where you have to drive the bus. Yes, they want to pick you up, and you get to say “Nope. Let me assess what’s going on.” It’s important that you assess how you’re feeling. If I fell, what did I hurt. Right? And the fall is going to cause you to go into shock. So, if somebody were to pick you up right away, guess what’s going to happen when they let go? You’re going to go right back down.

You Need to be the Driver

So, you need to take your time and you need to be the driver of this. So I am going to assess, if I just fell, “Okay, hurt my knee. Do I feel like I broke my knee or did I just skin my knee.” Right? You’re going to make all of these assessments to see what’s going on. “Did I hurt my hip?” “Did I twist my ankle?” “Did I hurt my elbow?” Right? So I know how to be able to maneuver. When you are home or if you’re out and you’re by yourself, you kind of have to figure out how you’re going to get yourself off the floor … right? Not easy. So, I’m going to go over this … and then I’m going to show you a demonstration on how you do that … when you are home.

Take Your Time

So again, you want to make sure that once you fall, you get your wits about you. You want to make sure you’re assessing what’s going on. Then you want to look around and say, “Okay, what’s the strongest thing that I can crawl to … to help me get myself up? Because we’re not going to get up from a position laying on the floor. We’re not going to go from there and stand up. What will happen? Blood pressure will probably drop, if we’re able to stand up. And then we may be on the floor again. So we have to do this in little increments. Figure out which side feels better than the other after a fall. And you’re going to roll on that side. The side that’s least impactive. Once you roll on that side, you’re going to give yourself a minute. You have now moved from being on your back to your side.

Crawl First, Then Slowly Get Up

So every position change requires you to take a minute to readjust your blood pressure and get your wits about you. Then, you can either get on your hands and knees and figure out, “Where am I going to go? Where am I going to crawl to that’s going to help me get up?” Or, I will show you another way of doing it, which is called the butt scoot. Where you’re actually on your bottom and you’re scooting yourself across the floor. Because if you’ve had a knee replacement or something like that, you can’t really get on your hands and knees to well. Then, once I crawl … once I figure out where I am, I’m going to scoot myself to that area. This is my chair that I’m going to use. And you want something sturdy. You don’t want something that has wheels on it. And if you can get something that has a handle on it … arm rests on there, even better … and then we’re going to slowly slide ourselves onto that stool. Again, we’ve not even gotten up upright this way yet. Because if we did, it would cause us to fall again. So, we’re going to take this in slow increments, to adjust our blood pressure and get our wits about us.

We’ve Talked About Getting Up After a Fall. Now Let’s See How It’s Done!

Last updated : 05.20.2017

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