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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 fact, as many as 75% of all residents fall every year in nursing care, and in acute care, falls make up about 38% of all adverse events. This is the third of three programs on fall prevention that can help you keep patients safe and help your institution meet the Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goals. This program will describe setting up a comprehensive fall prevention program in your facility. This includes how to properly report a fall by creating a thorough post-fall assessment.

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.

    This activity is organized around the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • Risk Assessment Procedures
  • Environmental Risk Assessment Procedures
  • The Post-Fall Assessment
  • Conclusion

    The purpose of this program is to provide nurses with a description of how to set up a comprehensive fall prevention program in their facility, including how to properly report a fall by creating a thorough post-fall assessment.

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

  • Identify the purpose and duties of a fall prevention committee.
  • Explain the importance of defining risk assessment policies and procedures within the facility.
  • Describe the importance of defining fall prevention protocols, educating fellow staff members, and monitoring the effectiveness of protocols once they have been put in place.
  • Outline important points to cover in a post-fall assessment and root cause analysis.

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