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NOTE: This course provides less than 1 hour of continuing education credit and will not be accepted in states that require CE courses to provide a minimum of 1 hour of continuing education in a single learning session (e.g., Florida). For information on current CE requirements in your state, consult your state's licensure board for nurses.

Falls among older patients and other at-risk patients are very common. In patients over 65, there are as many as 1.5 falls per bed annually. Some acute care units such as oncology and geriatrics experience even higher rates of falls. This is the first of three programs on fall prevention that can help you and your institution meet the Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goals. This program will cover the importance of making a risk assessment for each person in care, and a risk assessment of the environment at the facility.

To complete this course, you must do the following:

  • Read the Overview and Course Objectives.
  • Study the Terminology.
  • Study the Content.
  • Complete the Learning Activity.
  • Complete the Post Test with a passing score of 80% or more.

    The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • Fall Risk Assessment: The Patient
  • Fall Risk Assessment: The Environment
  • Conclusion

    The purpose of this program is to provide nurses an understanding of who is at risk for trips and falls in a healthcare facility, and which elements in the environment also put patients at increased risk for falls.

    After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Identify the seven crucial screening factors that must be assessed to determine a patient's level of fall risk.
  • Conduct a thorough risk assessment of the environment throughout the facility.
  • Accurately identify which patients are at-risk for trips and falls in a hospital.
  • Educate at risk patients and their family members about the specific risk factors associated with their condition, and review strategies to minimize them.
  • Utilize a variety of tools and techniques to minimize fall risk in the patient environment.

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