Root cause analysis (RCA) is a process used to identify the primary source or cause(s) of a problem. With respect to fall prevention in long term care settings, (RCA) is a systematic process for identifying the root cause (s) of resident falls. RCA is based on the idea that effective fall prevention requires more than merely ‘putting out fires’ or concentrating on injuries and life-threatening conditions but finding a way to prevent falls from occurring. This course will help long-term care staff understand RCA and how it can help pinpoint contributing factors to the problem of falling.
Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:
Chapter 1: Introduction to Root Cause Analysis (RCA)
Chapter 2: Fall Prevention 101
Chapter 3: What Is Root Cause Analysis?
Chapter 4: Individual-Level RCA
Chapter 5: The RCA Process
Chapter 6: Process and Organizational Issues
Chapter 7: Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) Cycle
Chapter 8: RCA Tools
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.