No More Alarms in 2018: Reduced Falls with Better Nursing Home Practices

Event Information
Product Format
Prerecorded Event
90 minutes
Product Description

7 CMS Rules Seek to Eliminate Alarms

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has never been a fan of alarms, also new research shows that alarms in nursing homes have negative effects—both physical and psychological. And there is no research to demonstrate that alarms actually prevent falls. As a result, seven CMS requirements now call the use of alarms in nursing home settings a deficient practice. If you are still using alarms, it’s time to stop.

Learn how to embrace improved patient-centric practices instead, as explained by Carmen Bowman, a consultant, trainer, author, and owner of Edu-Catering: Catering Education for Compliance and Culture Change. She’ll use her background as a former regulator to educate nursing home staff on how to reduce alarms—or eliminate them altogether—by: anticipating residents’ needs, engaging with individuals and individual needs, improving residents’ mobility, and more frequently and proactively checking residents.

This information-packed presentation will run down the regulations pertaining to alarms, outline the positive and negative research on their effectiveness, and equip you with practices to help you better guard the safety of nursing home residents.

Session Highlights

Here’s a sampling of what this conference covers:

  • The pros and cons of alarms
  • The physical and psychological harms of alarms
  • CMS regulations pertaining to alarms
  • Improved practices to anticipate resident needs—i.e., improve mobility, proactively check on residents more often, and offer individualized engagement
  • Resources to take back to your nursing center

Session Agenda

This session will explore:

  • Alarms – Reactive or proactive?
  • Proactive checking in with residents: four P’s and an E
    • Pain
    • Personal needs (including bathroom)
    • Positioning
    • Placement of personal items within reach
    • Engagement
  • Is time utilized/used or wasted with alarms?
  • The cost of alarms
    • Incontinence
    • Pressure ulcers
    • Mood/behaviors
    • Weight loss
    • Dressing and grooming
    • Assistance with ambulation
    • Equipment
    • Contractures
    • Referrals to therapists
    • The cost of alarms! How often must you replace?
  • Proactive care planning
  • Better practices/alternatives to alarms
    • Individualized engagement
    • Music
    • Outdoors
    • Mobility/movement
    • Family engagement
    • Sleep
  • Benefits of music
  • Getting residents outdoors
    • Garden: plant, weed, harvest, water
    • Paint deer and duck targets
    • Water balloons
    • Camping trips
    • Read paper, drink coffee on the porch
    • People watch on the porch
    • Moveable furniture outside
    • Decorate the porch seasonally
    • Staff meetings
    • America’s favorite hobbies: Gardening is #1, Birding is #2
  • Care planning culture

Who Should Attend

  • Registered nurses
  • Nursing assistants
  • Licensed vocational nurses
  • Physical therapists
  • Nursing home medical directors
  • Nursing home executive directors
  • Nursing home facilities directors


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About Our Speaker

Carmen Bowman


Carmen Bowman is a consultant, trainer, author and owner of Edu-Catering: Catering Education for Compliance and Culture Change turning her former role of regulator into educator. Carmen was a Colorado state surveyor for nine years, a policy analyst with CMS Central Office where she taught the national Basic Surveyor Course and the first certified activity professional to be a surveyor. As a contractor to CMS, Carmen co-developed the...   More Info
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