Preventing Falls in Healthcare Settings
Inpatient falls and fall-related injuries make up the largest category of reported incidents in the acute care setting. They’re also a frequent cause of lawsuits for both acute and long-term care institutions. There are serious medical and social costs associated with falls. It’s not just patients who feel the impacts – falls create legal, economic, and reputational risk for healthcare providers.
This course covers the serious and oftentimes complicated issues related to falls within healthcare facilities. It covers precautions to prevent falls, ways to make the healthcare environment safe, and how to quickly assess a fall should one occur.
- The definition of falls
- Medical, social and economic factors associated with falls
- Internal and external factors contributing to falls
- Universal methods of fall prevention
- Team-based approach to reduce falls and educate patients