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Preventing Patient Falls; What Every Hospital Should Know

Date: 08/15/2019

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Course Overview
Falls are an important patient safety and risk management issue. They are the number one hospital acquired condition (HAC). Patient death or serious injury associated with a fall is also one of the 29 National Quality Forum Never Events in which some states have agreed not to bill. Also, falls can result in the filing of a medical malpractice case. Every hospital should consider having a falls team to look at this important patient safety issue. Preventing falls among patients requires a multifaceted approach. Fall prevention is a crucial topic for today’s aging population.

This seminar will discuss recognition, evaluation, assessment, categories of risk, policies and procedures, evidenced based literature, toileting, medication alteration, hourly rounding, post fall huddle, need to increase mobility, signage, no pass zone, safe room set up, patient education, incident reports and prevention of falls. This program will discuss how to comply with the Joint Commission and the CMS hospital CoP standards on falls.

Sue Dill Calloway, President, Patient Safety and Health Care Education and Consulting

Sue Dill Calloway has been a nurse attorney and consultant for more than 30 years. Currently, she is president of Patient Safety and Healthcare Education & Consulting. She was previously the chief learning officer for the Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation.

The speaker does not have any real or perceived conflicts of interest related to this presentation.

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss why every hospital should have a falls program.
  2. Describe how all staff should know how to define what constitutes a fall and how to measure the fall rate.
  3. Examine the reason why CMS will not pay for falls-related Medicare claims, if they occur.
    during hospitalization and cause serious injury.
  4. Discuss how decreased mobility can result in falls.