Up to one-half of all falls in hospitals and long-term care facilities involve falling from bed. To avoid bed falls, the usual fall preventive protocol is to maintain patient (*) beds in the low position. For some patients, the low position may not be the safest position. Some individuals may require assistance either to get out of bed, or into bed, or require the bed to be slightly higher than the low setting. The purpose of this course is to provide acute care hospital and nursing home staff with practical guidance on the utilization of low beds and floor mats in helping to prevent falls in hospitals & long term care.
(*) The term ‘patient’ is used to refer to both acute hospital patients and long-term care residents.
Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Causes of Bed-Related Falls
Chapter 3: Low Beds
Chapter 4: Utilizing Adjustable Low Beds
Chapter 5: Achieving Success with Low Beds
Chapter 6: Low Bed Audits
Chapter 7: Floor Mats
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.