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

Where:  TOWSON, MD

When:  Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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TOWSON UNIVERSITY MARRIOTT CONFERENCE HOTEL
10 WEST BURKE AVENUE
TOWSON,MD 21204
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Course Description:

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.
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Learner Objectives:

  1. Evaluate precipitating causes for falls so that preventative measures can be in place.
  2. Formulate a comprehensive evaluation for high fall risk patients.
  3. Analyze medications that are known to contribute in various ways to fall risks.
  4. Assess the risk for adverse patient outcome and need for urgent intervention.
  5. Determine the tools necessary for a multidisciplinary fall prevention program.
  6. Select patient-specific fall prevention interventions for a successful fall prevention plan.
  7. Evaluate the impact of common gait disorders on fall risk.
Program 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!

M. CATHERINE WOLLMAN, MSN, RN, GNP-BC

M. Catherine Wollman has been a gerontological nurse practitioner for over 25 years, caring for older adults in acute care, long-term care and home care. Catherine has served as the Director of Senior Health for a large hospital system offering a full spectrum of services, including prevention, acute care, and rehabilitation. In this capacity, she managed outpatient services for seniors and cared for 100 high-risk older adults. As a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, she worked with a nationally-recognized transitional care program for high-risk older adults. Currently, she teaches clinical GNP students in Pennsylvania. Throughout the variety of settings in which Catherine has worked, fall prevention has been an area of interest and opportunity.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: M. Catherine Wollman is a visiting Professor with Chamberlain College of Nursing. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: M. Catherine Wollman is a member of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association.
NURSES/NURSE PRACTITIONER/CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALISTS
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. PARTIAL CONTACT HOURS WILL BE AWARDED FOR PARTIAL ATTENDANCE.


NURSING HOME ADMINISTRATORS
This educational offering has been reviewed by the National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) and approved for 6.25 clock hours and 6.25 participant hours.


OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS & OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANTS
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PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours or .6 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.


PHYSICAL THERAPISTS & PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANTS
This activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary per state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

MARYLAND PHYSICAL THERAPISTS AND PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANTS: This course meets the basic criteria of the Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners and has been approved for .6 CEUs.


OTHER PROFESSIONS
This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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