Fall Prevention in Long Term Care: Risk Assessment
INTENDED AUDIENCE This activity was developed to help nurses and other healthcare workers prevent resident falls in the long term care environment. COMMERCIAL SUPPORT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT No commercial support was provided for the development of this activity. STATEMENT OF NEED Studies show that 1 in 3 individuals over the age of 65 will fall each year, and the consequences of these falls can be serious, with an estimated 23,000 older adults dying each year as a result of their falls. To ensure the safety of the residents they care for, nurses and other healthcare professionals need to know how to perform a falls risk assessment. METHOD OF PARTICIPATION To complete this activity and obtain CE credit, you must do the following: - Read this Course Introduction/Disclosures section in its entirety. - Read the course material. - Complete the Post Test with a score of 80% or more. - Submit the online activity evaluation form. ACCREDITATION Medcom/Trainex is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.* Medcom/Trainex is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider number CEP 9888), and the Florida Board of Nursing (provider number 50-1285). *Accreditation refers to recognition of educational activities only and does not imply Commission on Accreditation approval or endorsement of any product. CREDIT DESIGNATION Medcom, Inc. designates this educational activity for 0.5 contact hour of continuing nursing education credit. OVERVIEW Falls among older residents and other at-risk residents are very common. This program will cover the importance of making a risk assessment for each person in your care, and a risk assessment of the environment at the facility. This is the first program in Medcom's Fall Prevention series--updated with a new look and feel--that can help you and your institution meet the Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goals for Long Term Care. The material is organized around the following categories: - Introduction - Fall Risk Assessment: The Person - Fall Risk Assessment: Environment - Conclusion LEARNING OBJECTIVES After completing this course, the learner should be able to: - Identify the seven crucial screening factors that must be assessed to determine a patient's level of fall risk. - Conduct a thorough risk assessment of the environment throughout the facility. - Accurately identify which patients are at risk for trips and falls in a hospital. - Educate at-risk patients and their family members about the specific risk factors associated with their condition, and review strategies to minimize them. - Utilize a variety of tools and techniques to minimize fall risk in the patient environment. AUTHOR / REVIEWERS This educational activity was wholly developed, written, and produced by Medcom, Inc., G. Rand Rodriguez, editor. Janet H. Lemler, BSW, RN, and Sharon L. Konrad, MSN, RN, CCRN, ACNS-BC served as subject matter experts in review of the content, and performed content validation reviews. Marguerite Voorhees, RN, MN, CNS, CPHQ, CPHRM, served as nurse planner. PLANNER / AUTHOR DISCLOSURE In accordance with ANCC Standards, parallel documents from other accrediting bodies, and Medcom, Inc. policy, the learner is hereby informed that the planners and staff of Medcom, Inc., and the content validation reviewer(s) involved with this activity have reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Furthermore, there is no discussion in this activity about the use of products for non FDA-approved indications. UNAPPROVED USE DISCLOSURE Medcom, Inc. requires authors and content validation reviewers to disclose to the learner when products or procedures being discussed are off-label, unlabeled, experimental, and/or investigational (not FDA approved); and any limitations on the information that is presented, such as data that are preliminary or that represent ongoing research, interim analyses, and/or unsupported opinion. Authors of this activity may present information about pharmaceutical agents that is outside of U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved labeling. This information is intended solely for continuing medical education and is not intended to promote off-label use of these medications. If you have questions, contact the medical affairs department of the manufacturer for the most recent prescribing information. DISCLAIMER As in all educational activities, we encourage the practitioners to use their own judgment in treating and addressing the needs of each individual patient, taking into account the patient's unique clinical situation. Medcom disclaims any liability and/or loss resulting from the information contained in this activity. The learner specifically agrees to indemnify and hold Medcom, the creators, producers, and distributors of this activity harmless against any and all claims or liabilities arising out of the use of any information provided in this activity by the learner, or by anyone directly or indirectly obtaining such information through the learner.
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