This Course will look at what a fall is, why identifying falls risk is important, and what we as healthcare professionals need to aware of, to appropriately identify fall risk.
- The importance of identifying falls risk
- How to conduct a falls risk assessment
- Personal and environmental risk factors
- Screening and assessment for at-risk indiciduals
Falls are the second leading cause of accidental or unintentional injury deaths worldwide. In inpatient settings, fall injuries within hospitals have steadily increased. The impact of falls on individuals is far-reaching.
Prevention strategies should emphasise education, training, creating safer environments, prioritising fall-related research, and establishing effective policies to reduce risk.
The purpose of this Course is to enable learners to appropriately identify patients/residents who are at risk of falling and implement prevention strategies to create safer environments and prevent patient/resident harm.
- Be confident in your knowledge about falls to better care for people at risk and those who have experienced a fall
- Immediately identify intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors for falling in a variety of settings to better implement preventative strategies
- Use validated and supported risk screening and assessment tools to determine an individual's degree of risk or harm from falls
This Course is relevant to all registered nurses and other healthcare professionals working in both inpatient and community health settings such as hospitals and residential aged care facilities.
No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.
Diana Clayton is a clinical nurse consultant who works for Peninsula Health in the falls prevention service. She initially set up the inpatient falls prevention program and currently oversees the program in the subacute and residential care settings. She has been in her current role for 13 years and has presented at a number of conferences over that time. She is a passionate advocate for falls prevention across the whole health spectrum.
The Ausmed Education Learning Centre is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Provider number is P0342.