Fall Prevention Challenges: Real Solutions to Reduce Falls, Prevent Injuries and Limit Liability in Novi, Michigan on Feb 21, 2018

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Novi, Michigan
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description: Falls frequently result in significant adverse effects not only to patients but also to families and institutions. The far-reaching effects of falls make fall prevention an important topic for all healthcare providers. Falls are associated with increased morbidity and mortality and are frequently a source of litigation and insurance claim denial. The impact of falls is extensive from psychologically to financially. The complex multifactorial causes of falls, such as cognitive disorders, gait impairment and environmental factors, make fall prevention a challenge; however, there are evidence-based interventions available to mitigate the risks for even the most challenging situations. Healthcare professionals are increasingly aware of the importance of fall data, adverse effects from falls and limited staffing resources to provide 1:1 supervision to prevent falls. This seminar will provide realistic, efficient, and effective solutions to address falls. Learn best practice guidelines, evidenced-based interventions and prevention strategies, as well as how to apply this knowledge to your practice setting. This seminar will provide a hands-on, logical step-by-step approach to develop effective fall prevention plans to reduce falls, prevent injuries and limit liability. Join me for this comprehensive and dynamic seminar to explore your challenges and develop solutions for your struggles with falls.
Program Outline

  • How to Prevent Falls Before They Occur
    • Who is likely to fall?
    • Which risk factors can we modify?
    • Precipitating causes - what to watch for
    • Institutional barriers - avoiding 1:1s
    • Important implications of co-morbidities
    • The benefits of vitamin D
  • Fall Risk Assessment
    • Current guidelines
    • Who should we screen?
    • Multi-factorial causes of falls
    • Recommended fall risk assessments
  • Fall Prevention Strategies
    • What works and what does not
    • Addressing alarm fatigue
    • Avoiding 1:1s
    • Effective evidence-based interventions
    • Education & assistive devices
  • Putting Together a Successful Fall Prevention Program
    • Patient specific interventions
    • Developing a multidisciplinary program: Roles & responsibilities
    • Fall rounds
  • Patient Evaluation
    • History
    • Physical exam
    • Evaluation tools (POMA tool, Get up and go test, Functional reach test, Berg balance test, Short physical performance battery)
    • Diagnostic tests
    • Review of Gait Disorders (video)
  • What to do When a Patient Falls: Hands-On Evaluation
    • Assess need for immediate medical care
    • Evaluate for acute illness/preceding factors
    • Communication with caregivers
    • Common injuries
    • Goals of care
  • Difficult Situations
    • Frequent fallers - when injury prevention is your goal!
    • Anticoagulation risks
    • Prolonged time on floor
    • What to do when fractures occur
    • Head trauma management
  • Preventing Risk and Limiting Liability
    • Home safety evaluations
    • Communication and documentation
    • Quality improvement opportunities
    • High-risk scenarios: Case studies
    • Addressing family concerns with falls
    • Managing poor outcomes
  • Fall Prevention Plan Development
    • Apply what we have learned
    • Solutions for your biggest challenges!
TINA BAXTER, APRN, GNP-BC Tina Baxter is an advanced practice registered nurse and a board certified gerontological nurse practitioner. She is employed at American Health Network as a nurse practitioner where she serves six different skilled care and assisted living facilities. Additionally, Tina is the owner of Baxter Professional Services, LLC, a consulting firm which provides legal nurse consulting services, wellness and chronic disease management coaching, and customized educational resources to healthcare organizations. Tina earned a Master of Nursing in Nursing Education and a post-master's as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner. She has taught on both the nursing undergraduate and graduate levels and continues to mentor nurse practitioner students during their clinical rotations. Her expertise has been sought on the national level to educate experienced professionals on a variety of topics, including fall prevention, challenging patient behaviors, and addiction. Disclosures: Financial: Tina Marie Baxter is the owner of Baxter Professional Services, LLC. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. Nonfinancial: Tina Marie Baxter has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
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