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Reducing the Risk of Patient Falls in the Home Health/Hospice Setting

Patient falls make up a large number of all sentinel events. According to a Joint Commission review of sentinel events (1995 to 2012) falls are the 6th leading cause of sentinel events and account for 7.6% of all sentinel events. Each year, greater than 1/3 of adults over age 65 will fall. Crucially, many of these falls are preventable. This course has been designed to help you protect patients from falls. It will discuss how balance normally keeps us from falling, risk factors for falls and strategies for preventing falls.

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, the participant should be able to:

  • List the potential physical and emotional consequences to the patient when falls occur in the home healthcare and hospice setting.
  • Identify the body systems and muscle strategies involved in the maintenance of balance and the role of each in preventing falls.
  • List risk factors for patient falls that can occur in the home healthcare and hospice setting.
  • Identify intervention strategies for preventing patient falls to ensure quality home healthcare and hospice care.