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Fall Prevention Challenges: Real Solutions to Reduce Falls, Prevent Injuries and Limit Liability

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Falls frequently result in significant adverse effects not only to patients but also to families and institutions. The far-reaching effects of falls make f...
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Faculty:
Jennifer Cellar
Duration:
Full Day
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Nov 16, 2016

Description

  • Which fall prevention interventions are effective - and which are not?
  • Tips to effectively manage your high risk & challenging patients
  • The must-have tools for an effective multidisciplinary fall prevention program
  • Identify risk: The latest guidelines for fall risk assessments
  • New technology available to prevent falls and limit injury
  • Comprehensive patient evaluations following a fall

Falls frequently result in significant adverse effects not only to patients but also to families and institutions. The far-reaching effects of falls make fall prevention an important topic for all healthcare providers. Falls are associated with increased morbidity and mortality and are frequently a source of litigation and insurance claim denial. The impact of falls is extensive from psychologically to financially. The complex multifactorial causes of falls, such as cognitive disorders, gait impairment and environmental factors, make fall prevention a challenge; however, there are evidence-based interventions available to mitigate the risks for even the most challenging situations.

Healthcare professionals are increasingly aware of the importance of fall data, adverse effects from falls and limited staffing resources to provide 1:1 supervision to prevent falls. This seminar will provide realistic, efficient, and effective solutions to address falls. Learn best practice guidelines, evidenced-based interventions and prevention strategies, as well as how to apply this knowledge to your practice setting. This seminar will provide a hands-on, logical step-by-step approach to develop effective fall prevention plans to reduce falls, prevent injuries and limit liability. Join me for this comprehensive and dynamic seminar to explore your challenges and develop solutions for your struggles with falls.

 

Handouts

Outline

How to Prevent Falls Before They Occur

  • Who is likely to fall?
  • Which risk factors can we modify?
  • Precipitating causes - what to watch for
  • Institutional barriers - avoiding 1:1s
  • Important implications of co-morbidities
  • The benefits of vitamin D

Fall Risk Assessment

  • Current guidelines
  • Who should we screen?
  • Multi-factorial causes of falls
  • Recommended fall risk assessments

Fall Prevention Strategies

  • What works and what does not
  • Addressing alarm fatigue
  • Avoiding 1:1s
  • Effective evidence-based interventions
  • Education & assistive devices

Putting Together a Successful Fall Prevention Program

  • Patient-specific interventions
  • Developing a multidisciplinary program: Roles & responsibilities
  • Fall rounds

Patient Evaluation

  • History
  • Physical exam
  • Evaluation tools (POMA tool, Get up and go test, Functional reach test, Berg balance test, Short physical performance battery)
  • Diagnostic tests
  • Review of Gait Disorders (video)

What to do When a Patient Falls: Hands-On Evaluation

  • Assess need for immediate medical care
  • Evaluate for acute illness/preceding factors
  • Communication with caregivers
  • Common injuries
  • Goals of care

Difficult Situations

  • Frequent fallers - when injury prevention is your goal!
  • Anticoagulation risks
  • Prolonged time on floor
  • What to do when fractures occur
  • Head trauma management

Preventing Risk and Limiting Liability

  • Home safety evaluations
  • Communication and documentation
  • Quality improvement opportunities
  • High-risk scenarios: Case studies
  • Addressing family concerns with falls
  • Managing poor outcomes

Fall Prevention Plan Development

  • Apply what we have learned
  • Solutions for your biggest challenges!

 

 

Faculty

Jennifer Cellar, MSN, APRN, CNP Related seminars and products: 2


Jennifer Cellar, MSN, APRN, CNP, currently practices as a nurse practitioner in Rhode Island, providing care to an adult/ geriatric population in a skilled nursing facility. Her expertise caring for high risk fall patients has provided her with insights to develop clinically-applicable and effective interventions for even the most difficult clinical scenarios. Additionally, she has gained valuable experiences as a provider working in diverse settings throughout her career, from acute care to sub-acute and long-term care. Jenny has had the opportunity to work at several prestigious institutions, including Yale New Haven Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital; she is currently affiliated with Brown University as a Teaching Associate in Medicine. As a sought-after presenter for interdisciplinary healthcare audiences around the country, Jenny draws from her vast knowledge on a variety of topics, including: fall prevention, transitional care and quality improvement.

Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: Jennifer Cellar has an employment relationship with Medical Associates of RI; and Brown University. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Jennifer Cellar is a member of the American Nurses Association; and the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association.