Falls are a major problem for patients* in hospitals and long-term care facilities. Some 3 to 20% of inpatients fall at least once during their hospitalization. In long-term care settings, up to 75% of
* The term ‘patients’ is used to refer to both acute care patients and long-term care residents.
In order to reduce the risk of falls, caregivers need to understand the conditions under which falls occur and the most frequent or common factors associated with fall risk. Approximately 10% of falls occur because of sudden medical illness (i.e., fainting or dizziness) or “accidental” trips and slips. In most instances, these falls cannot be predicted and, thereby, are not preventable. The majority of falls, however, are due to a host of underlying internal and/or external factors.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Fall Risk Monitoring
Chapter 3: Communicating Risk
Chapter 4: Monitoring Strategies
Chapter 5: Deciding on Monitoring Strategies
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.