From VAOEMS—Ground level falls should be reported as zero (0) feet.
This includes falling over, falls from standing, etc. If the patient falls from furniture or a ladder, use the distance from lowest part of their body to the ground/surface they fell on. Here are some examples:
- If standing on a 12 inch step, the fall is 1 foot.
- If lying on the couch and falling off, the fall is 2 feet.
- If falling down a standard flight of steps from the top, the fall is 12 feet.