True or false? A facility can prevent almost all falls.
The answer depends on whom you ask. Some surveyors and litigators act like any fall is a facility’s fault. But best-practice nursing facilities that promote residents being “on the go” know that you can’t guarantee anyone will remain fall free. The aim is to proactively reduce the likelihood of falls — and if they do happen, reduce injuries.
In this presentation, you’ll learn how to become a fall CSI. Inspire your interdisciplinary team to meet the many challenges of fall reduction. You’ll learn strategies to improve patient care and survey outcomes.
For instance, you should perform an intensive post-fall investigation and root-cause analysis of each fall. Develop an incident report form for falls and a post-fall investigation used when staff observes a resident fall -- or finds the person "down." The investigation form will highlight what’s on the fall RAP. As part of the investigation, interview the staff, including anyone who was on the fall scene or came upon it. Also, talk to anyone who knew anything about what was going on with the resident before the fall. Next, your interdisciplinary team should discuss the fall at its daily meeting and decides what new interventions to implement immediately. You should do a root-cause analysis of every fall.
Critical point: If you don’t do a root-cause analysis of each fall, your facility will have more injuries. For example, suppose someone without a history of falling slips getting out of the bathtub. If staff assumes the person simply slipped and doesn’t investigate, they may not find out that the person actually passed out when getting out of the tub.
Adopt strategies like these to safeguard your SNF.
This session will help you:
Who should attend? All members of the interdisciplinary team including Rehabilitation Directors, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech language pathologists, MDS Coordinators, Staff Nurses, MDSCs and Nurse Care Managers.
- Toni G. Cesta
Keri Hart, MS, CCC-SLP, CHHRP-QT, RAC-CT, of Clinical Operations/Education & Training and a Consultant for Harmony Healthcare International (HHI), an industry leader in Long-Term Care consulting. HHI is a premier Healthcare Consulting firm specializing in Compliance and Reimbursement. Keri is a CHHRP (Certified Harmony Healthcare Rehab Professional) Qualified Trainer providing certification training for Rehabilitation and Nursing professionals as well as on-site auditing of medical records. This process directly enhances the...
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