Full Course Description
Fall Prevention Challenges: Real Solutions to Reduce Falls, Prevent Injuries and Limit Liability
How to Prevent Falls Before They Occur
- Who is likely to fall?
- Which risk factors can we modify?
- Precipitating causes - what to watch for
- Institutional barriers - avoiding 1:1s
- Important implications of co-morbidities
- The benefits of vitamin D
Fall Risk Assessment
- Current guidelines
- Who should we screen?
- Multi-factorial causes of falls
- Recommended fall risk assessments
Fall Prevention Strategies
- What works and what does not
- Addressing alarm fatigue
- Avoiding 1:1s
- Effective evidence-based interventions
- Education & assistive devices
Putting Together a Successful Fall Prevention Program
- Patient-specific interventions
- Developing a multidisciplinary program: Roles & responsibilities
- Fall rounds
- Physical exam
- Evaluation tools (POMA tool, Get up and go test, Functional reach test, Berg balance test, Short physical performance battery)
- Diagnostic tests
- Review of Gait Disorders (video)
What to do When a Patient Falls: Hands-On Evaluation
- Assess need for immediate medical care
- Evaluate for acute illness/preceding factors
- Communication with caregivers
- Common injuries
- Goals of care
- Frequent fallers - when injury prevention is your goal!
- Anticoagulation risks
- Prolonged time on floor
- What to do when fractures occur
- Head trauma management
Preventing Risk and Limiting Liability
- Home safety evaluations
- Communication and documentation
- Quality improvement opportunities
- High-risk scenarios: Case studies
- Addressing family concerns with falls
- Managing poor outcomes
Fall Prevention Plan Development
- Apply what we have learned
- Solutions for your biggest challenges!
- Evaluate precipitating causes for falls so that preventative measures can be in place.
- Formulate a comprehensive evaluation for high fall risk patients.
- Analyze medications that are known to contribute in various ways to fall risks.
- Assess the risk for adverse patient outcome and need for urgent intervention.
- Determine the tools necessary for a multidisciplinary fall prevention program.
- Select patient-specific fall prevention interventions for a successful fall prevention plan.
- Evaluate the impact of common gait disorders on fall risk.
Infection Control Challenges: Real Risks for Patients and Staff: Module 1
Infection Control Challenges: Real Risks for Patients and Staff
A summary of current recommendations from the CDC, SHEA, IDSA, APIC and the Joint Commission
Health-Care Associated Infections: Strategies to Control-Reduce-Eliminate
- Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections
- Surgical Site Infections
- Ventilator-Associated Pneumonias
- Non-ventilator Associated Infections (overlooked HAI)
- Central-Line Associated Bloodstream Infections
The Latest Multi-Drug Resistant Microorganism Guidelines
- Carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae
- Clostridium difficile
- Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus
- Vancomycin resistant enterococcus
- Acinetobacter baumannii
- Avian vs. swine vs. seasonal influenza
- H1N1 pandemic results
- When to treat? When not to treat?
- Treatment with anti-virals and antibiotics
- New vaccines for flu
Vaccination Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel
- MMR, Tdap, etc.
Emerging Infectious Diseases (Zoonotic)
- Ebola: What we learned
- Mosquito-borne (“Zika”, Dengue,
- Chickungunya, West Nile)
- Tick-borne (Lyme and Babesia)
- Vaccination protocol for healthcare personnel
- Staff follow-up after significant exposures
- Treatments for persons chronically infected
- Outbreaks in healthcare
- Treatment “cures” in 12-24 weeks
- Outbreaks in healthcare-dialysis settings
- New one pill daily treatment
- Healthcare exposure and appropriate prophylaxis
- Today’s best approaches to treatment
- Skin testing vs. blood test for exposure
- Follow-up guidelines for healthcare workers conversion testing
- Plan strategies to reduce and eliminate catheter-associated urinary tract infections, surgical site infections, ventilator associated and non-ventilator-associated pneumonias and central-line-associated bloodstream infections.
- Explain best practices for treatment and control of multi-drug resistant microorganisms, including MRSA, Clostridium difficile, VRE, ESBL and CRE.
- Evaluate the newest vaccine recommendations for healthcare workers and children.
- Distinguish between mosquito-borne illnesses of Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika, which may be a threat to the United States.
- Discuss the latest treatments available for HIV/ AIDS, as well as pre-exposure prophylaxis.
- Explain the medications available that “cure” Hepatitis C.
- Compare the current recommendations to control and treat tuberculosis.