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Fall Prevention Challenges: Real Solutions to Reduce Falls, Prevent Injuries and Limit Liability

OUTLINE

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

Patient Evaluation

  • History
  • 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

Difficult Situations

  • 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!

OBJECTIVES

  1. Evaluate precipitating causes for falls so that preventative measures can be in place.
  2. Formulate a comprehensive evaluation for high fall risk patients.
  3. Analyze medications that are known to contribute in various ways to fall risks.
  4. Assess the risk for adverse patient outcome and need for urgent intervention.
  5. Determine the tools necessary for a multidisciplinary fall prevention program.
  6. Select patient-specific fall prevention interventions for a successful fall prevention plan.
  7. Evaluate the impact of common gait disorders on fall risk.
Copyright : 11/16/2016

Infection Control Challenges: Real Risks for Patients and Staff: Module 1

Infection Control Challenges: Real Risks for Patients and Staff

OUTLINE

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

Influenza

  • 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

  • Zoster/shingles
  • Pneumoccocal
  • MMR, Tdap, etc.

Emerging Infectious Diseases (Zoonotic)

  • Ebola: What we learned
  • Mosquito-borne (“Zika”, Dengue,
  • Chickungunya, West Nile)
  • Tick-borne (Lyme and Babesia)
  • Cryptosporidiosis

Bloodborne Pathogens

  • Hepatitis B

- Vaccination protocol for healthcare personnel

- Staff follow-up after significant exposures

- Treatments for persons chronically infected

- Outbreaks in healthcare

  • Hepatitis C

- Treatment “cures” in 12-24 weeks

- Outbreaks in healthcare-dialysis settings

  • HIV/AIDS

- New one pill daily treatment

- Healthcare exposure and appropriate prophylaxis

Tuberculosis

  • Today’s best approaches to treatment
  • Skin testing vs. blood test for exposure
  • Follow-up guidelines for healthcare workers conversion testing

OBJECTIVES

  • 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.
Copyright : 10/13/2016