An abundance of information is available on resident fall risk factors and multidisciplinary interventions aimed at preventing falls. Yet, reducing falls in long term care settings continues to be challenging. One of the reasons for this is that communication failures and lack of teamwork remain a leading root cause of falling. Good communication among staff promotes continuity, encourages collaboration and leads to effective teamwork, which helps avoid safety errors and falls. This course will help long-term care staff understand ways to improve communication and teamwork, especially with respect to their fall prevention efforts.
Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Visual Communication
Chapter 3: Communication with Residents and Families
Chapter 4: Teamwork and Communication
Chapter 5: Team Communication Tools and Techniques: Huddles
Chapter 6: Team Communication Tools and Techniques: Handoffs
Chapter 7: Team Communication Tools and Techniques: Briefs and Debriefs
Chapter 8: The Benefits of Effective Nurse Communication
Chapter 9: Communication Case Study
Chapter 10: References
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.