Seminar Detail

Fall Prevention Challenges: Real Solutions to Reduce Falls, Prevent Injuries and Limit Liability
Friday, December 14, 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 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!
Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Nursing Home Administrators


Tina Baxter is an advanced practice registered nurse and a board certified gerontological nurse practitioner. She is employed at American Health Network as a nurse practitioner where she serves six different skilled care and assisted living facilities. Additionally, Tina is the owner of Baxter Professional Services, LLC, a consulting firm which provides legal nurse consulting services, wellness and chronic disease management coaching, and customized educational resources to healthcare organizations.

Tina earned a Master of Nursing in Nursing Education and a post-master's as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner. She has taught on both the nursing undergraduate and graduate levels and continues to mentor nurse practitioner students during their clinical rotations. Her expertise has been sought on the national level to educate experienced professionals on a variety of topics, including fall prevention, challenging patient behaviors, and addiction.


Financial: Tina Marie Baxter is the owner of Baxter Professional Services, LLC. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Tina Marie Baxter has no relevant nonfinancial 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.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development 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. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
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.

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.

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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