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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


When:  Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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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.
If there is no CE tab, please refer to the course brochure for continuing education information.
Learner Objectives:

  1. Evaluate individual and organizational precipitating causes for falls.
  2. Formulate a comprehensive plan for reduction of falls.
  3. Create a culture of safety within organizations and homes.
  4. Evaluate specific risk factors that lead to falls: medications, gait disturbances, mental and cognitive disturbances.
  5. Analyze tools for implementation and evaluation of a multi-disciplinary fall prevention program.
  6. Identify appropriate immediate response to patient falls.
  7. Discuss risk management strategies for adverse patient outcomes.
Program Outline

  • Creating a Culture of Safety
    • Identifying patients at risk and risky situations
    • Which risk factors can we modify?
    • What are the organizational barriers to patient safety?
    • Identifying co-morbidities that contribute to and result from falls
  • Fall Risk Assessment
    • Current guidelines
    • Screening tools: Who, what, where, when, how?
    • Assessing the environment
    • Assessing the care provider
    • Recommended tools
  • Develop a Successful Fall Prevention Program
    • Identifying patient need for intervention
    • Leveraging multidisciplinary participation: Roles and responsibilities
    • Creative strategies to prevent falls and injuries
  • Patient Evaluation
    • History
    • Physical exam
    • Physical and psychological evaluation tools
    • Diagnostic tests
    • Impact of gait disturbances
  • What to Do When a Patient Falls
    • How to help a patient fall safely
    • Assess need for immediate care
    • Evaluate for acute illness/precipitating factors
    • Communicate with caregivers and family
    • Common injuries
    • Goals of care
  • Difficult Situations
    • Frequent fallers
    • Risk of anticoagulant therapy
    • Prolonged time on the floor
    • Fractures
    • Head injuries
  • Risk Management
    • Home safety evaluations
    • Communication and evaluation
    • Quality improvement opportunities
    • High-risk scenarios
    • Addressing family concerns
    • Managing poor outcomes
  • Apply and Create
    • Solutions for your biggest challenges


Lynn W. Smith has nursing experience that includes more than 20 years as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Critical Care, during which time she collaborated in interdisciplinary teams to write and implement protocols for patient safety and fall prevention. In her role as nursing supervisor, she promoted continuity of care for best patient outcomes. She has served as an active member of the research council and continues to support nursing research and incorporation of evidence-based practice into nursing.

Additionally, Lynn teaches in the nursing department at Northern Kentucky University, interweaving Quality and Safety Education in Nursing into the curriculum for the next generation of nurses.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Lynn W. Smith has an employment relationship with Northern Kentucky University. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Lynn W. Smith has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

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Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

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. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

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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.

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.

PENNSYLVANIA PHYSICAL THERAPISTS OR PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANTS: This course has been approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy for 6.25 General Hours.

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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