Fall Prevention: Bed, Bedroom, and Bathroom Safety

The majority of falls in long-term care facilities occur from bed, around the bed, in the bathroom, or between the bed and bathroom. Many falls occur when residents try to get out of bed on their own. These falling events are associated with significant physical and psychological complications. This course is designed to assist long-term care staff in understanding why residents fall from bed, and in the bedrooms/bathroom and to design strategies aimed at preventing these falls.

Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. List risk factors for bed and bathroom falls and falls in the resident’s bedroom.
  2. Describe environmental factors contributing to bed and bedroom/bathroom falls.
  3. State 2 strategies to reduce the risk of bed and bedroom/bathroom falls and injury.
  4. Recall devices used to guard against bed and toilet falls.
  5. Explain the importance of a performance-based assessment to prevent bed and bedroom/bathroom falls.

Curriculum

Chapter 1: Introduction

  • Risk Factors
  • Assessment
  • Care Plan

Chapter 2: Beds

  • Causes of Bed-Related Falls
  • Bed Height
  • Bed Supports
  • Mattresses
  • Bed Wheels
  • Side Rails

Chapter 3: Strategies to Reduce Bed Falls and Injury

  • Nurse Call Bells
  • Sitters
  • Cushioned Floor Mats
  • Hip Protectors
  • Low Beds
  • Body Pillows
  • Fall Alarms

Chapter 4: The Bedroom 

  • Pathways
  • Lighting
  • Floor Surfaces
  • Storage Areas
  • Seating
  • Tables
  • High Fall Risk Room Set Up

Chapter 5: The Bathroom

  • Floor Surfaces
  • Fixture Support
  • Toilets
  • Bathtubs/ Showers
  • Bathroom Checklist
  • California Bill 241
  • Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • What is Implicit Bias?
  • Implications of Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • How to Reduce Implicit Bias

Price: $10.00

Contact Hour: 1

Course Author

Rein Tideiksaar

Rein Tideiksaar, PhD, PA-C, or Dr. Rein as he is commonly referred to, is the president of Fall Prevent, LLC, Blackwood, New Jersey, a consulting company that provides educational, legal, and marketing services related to fall prevention in the elderly.

Dr. Tideiksaar is a gerontologist, which is a health care professional who specializes in working with elderly patients, and a geriatric physician's assistant. He has been active in the area of fall prevention for over thirty years. 

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