Any insight into footwear and falls?

By Amber Manley posted 05-23-2017 10:20 PM

  
Hi APNA,

I would love to hear anyone's insight about footwear and falls. On the table right now for our Unit Council, the Nurse Manager has asked us to consider allowing flip-flops to our Child & Adolescent Unit as well as the Crisis Unit. The main reason staff are considering flip flops is that these patients are usually ambulatory, or often only own flip-flops (for example, the homeless). I have done some research, but have found very little. I am specifically wondering about flip-flops for agile youth and adults. In your practice have falls in flip flops occurred within this age range? 

Thank you in advance for your input!

Amber Manley
Palmetto Health Baptist
Chair, Shared Governance Unit-Based Council
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