1. Check vital signs:
This includes checking the individual's heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, respiration/breathing rate, and oxygen saturation levels.
2. Monitor for signs and symptoms of injury:
Look for any cuts, bruises, swelling, or other physical trauma that the individual may have suffered as a result of their fall.
3. Assess the level of mental alertness:
Ask questions to assess whether the individual is lucid and mentally responsive; if not, contact medical personnel immediately.
4. Check for dizziness or vertigo:
If present monitor for 30 minutes after the fall incident to ensure it does not persist or worsen.
5. Assess balance and mobility issues:
Check for any difficulties in standing, walking, or gait abnormalities which may require further evaluation by a physical therapist.
6. Assess the need for imaging studies:
Depending on the individual's condition and symptoms, ordering an x-ray or other imaging studies may be necessary to rule out any fractures or internal injuries.
7. Follow-up care assessment:
Determine whether the individual requires to follow-up visits from a primary care physician or specialist to ensure their injury is managed properly.
8. Monitor for post-fall syndrome:
There is potential for an individual to develop psychological issues or other symptoms such as fear of falling, anxiety, depression, or difficulty with daily activities due to their experience.