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Falling out of bed



My 85 year old mother has fallen out of bed twice - months apart - it doesnt wake her up even though she is hurt - she wakes later in the night because she is cold on the floor. She is diabetic and thinks she has gone low on blood sugar.


The information you provided indicates that your mother needs to be evaluated by a primary care provider. The falls are not within normal aging and need to be evaluated. The situation could be related to the diabetes but needs to be evaluated. Safety is a primary concern when anyone experiences a fall for whatever reason. Your mother needs to be evaluated as soon as possible so that a plan can be developed to prevent falls and injury.

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Evelyn L Fitzwater, DSN, RN Evelyn L Fitzwater, DSN, RN
Associate Professor Emerita
Associate Director of the
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati