An Interdisciplinary Approach to Fall Prevention

 

The subject of fall prevention for the older adult is not a new one. Numerous programs, studies, and classes focus on this very important issue. Falls among older adults lead to injuries, lowered quality of life, decreased freedom, and even death (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2016b). From 2000-2013, the fall injury rate among adults aged 65 and over almost doubled from 29.6 per 100,000 to 56.7 per 100,000 (Kramarow, Chen, Hedegaard, & Warner, 2015). During that same span of time, more than one-half (55%) of all unintentional injury deaths among older adults aged 65 and over were due to falls (Kramarow et al., 2015). The same authors quote another study saying that some of the increase might be due to improved reporting of falls. In 2012-2013, the fall rate among adults aged 85 and over was four times higher than people aged 75-84 years old (Kramarow et al., 2015). Fall prevention has become so important that it even has a day named after it (CDC, 2016a). In 2007, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) decided to raise awareness by declaring a Falls Prevention Awareness Day on the first day of fall. They started with four states and have now covered most of the United States of America (NCOA, n.d.). The aim of this course is to blend the classical fall prevention teachings you have learned in the past with new research. You will hear some familiar concepts because they are important, but you will also walk away with a few new tools in your toolbox based on current research and standards. In this evidence-based healthcare culture, you will have sound findings to support your treatment and programs.

$20.00

Hours: 1.00
REL-SRC-0-IAFP

Certificates

Certificates provided by accrediting body (8 Match)

California Board of Registered Nursing

1.0 HOURS


Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13791

Nurses will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

District of Columbia Board of Nursing

1.0 HOURS


DC-RN -- District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CE Provider #50-290).

Nurses will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

Florida Board of Nursing CE

1.0 HOURS


Florida Board of Nursing CE Provider #: 50-290

Nurses will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

American Nurses Credentialing Center

1.0 HOURS


Relias Learning, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy

1.0 HOURS


This course has been approved by the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy for 1.00 contact hours, approval number 20-559085.

Georgia Board of Nursing

1.0 HOURS


Georgia Board of Nursing CE Provider #: 50-290

Nurses will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

Florida Board of Occupational Therapy

1.0 HOURS


This course has been approved by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy for 1.00 contact hours, approval number 20-559085.

American Occupational Therapy Association

1.0 HOURS


Relias Learning is an approved provider of continuing education courses by the American Occupational Therapy Association. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Category 1, 2 & 3. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-SRC-0-IAFP
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2019
Learning Objectives:
Describe three consequences of falls for the individual and the organization.
Recognize three intrinsic risk factors and implement evidence-based interventions to address these risk factors.
Recognize three extrinsic fall risk factors and implement evidence-based interventions to address these risk factors.
List four members of the team to prevent fall risk and one duty of each role.
Name three screening tools that can be used for fall risk prevention.
Name three interventions that can be used for fall risk prevention.
List three questions to ask when setting up a fall risk program in an organization versus a community setting.

Outline:
Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Falls A. Definitions B. Impact on Individuals and Families C. Impact on Staff D. Impact on the Organization E. Review F. Summary Section 3: Contributing Factors A. Factors That Contribute to Falls B. Intrinsic Factors C. Extrinsic Factors D. Review E. Summary Section 4: Role of All Team Members in Fall Prevention A. The Team B. Individuals C. Families D. Physicians E. Nurses F. Therapists G. Review H. Summary Section 5: Fall Prevention Tools A. Screening Tools B. Medical History C. Tests D. Interventions E. Test Performance F. Modifiable Factors G. Activities H. Balance I. Strength and Endurance J. Tai Chi and Ai Chi K. Exercise L. Review M. Summary Section 6: Implementing Fall Prevention Programs A. Individual settings B. Case Study C. Fall Response Template D. Community Setting E. Case Study F. Fall Prevention G. Review H. Summary Section 7: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations!

Expert Reviewer: Polly Warring, MSPT
Polly Warring, MSPT is a physical therapist who has worked in the physical therapy field since 1992. During her time in the physical therapy field, she has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient, acute care, skilled nursing, and specialized programs for children with ADHD. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University in 1990 and graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in Houston in 1997. While there, she was part of a research team that published an abstract in the May, 1997 edition of the Physical Therapy Journal: “Quantification of EMG Activity from Five Muscles in Comparison of Four Methods of Rising from Sitting”. She has worked primarily in the adult orthopedic outpatient field since that time, but has a great deal of clinical experience evaluating and treating geriatric patients to improve their quality of life. Disclosure: Polly Warring, MSPT has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry level Nurses; entry level Occupational Therapists; entry level Physical Therapists; in the following settings: Post-Acute Care.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous Distance Learning with interactivity which includes quizzes with questions/answers, and posttests.
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