Fall alarms serve as an "early warning system"; they alert nursing staff when “fall risk” patients (*) are engaging in activities that are likely to result in falls. Fall alarms can play a vital role in helping staff to prevent patient falls. However, the inappropriate selection and/or misuse of fall alarms may actually predispose patients to falls and injuries. The purpose of this course is to provide hospitals and long-term care facilities with guidance on the appropriate utilization of fall alarms in reducing fall risk.
(*) The term ‘patient’ is used to refer to both acute hospital patients and long-term care residents.
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Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Patient Fall Prevention Process
Chapter 3: Types of Fall Alarms
Chapter 4: Common Uses of Fall Alarms
Chapter 5: Indications for Fall Alarms
Chapter 6: Selection of Fall Alarms
Chapter 7: Choosing the Right Alarm
Chapter 8: Maintaining Effective Fall Alarm Systems
Chapter 9: Auditing Fall Alarms
Chapter 10: Keys to Success
Chapter 11: Are Fall Alarms Over-Used?
Chapter 12: Case Studies
Chapter 13: Appendix
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.