University of Nebraska Medical Center

Post-Fall Clinical Assessment

graphic of patient on gurney with EKG monitor


A post-fall clinical assessment protocol guides staff in the assessment of patients for potential injury after a fall occurs.


Despite our best efforts, some patients will experience a fall. It is important to assess the patient for injury so that the patient can receive appropriate medical care as soon as possible.


Use a checklist or decision tree to systematically guide your assessment of the patient, both immediately and in the hours following the fall. The patient’s risk factors for specific types of injuries can guide the process.


Access tools and educational resources below to help you implement this activity.