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The Gravity of Falls

Evidence-Based Preventative Strategies

April 29, 2014    Download Slides  │  Playback Recording (60 min) │  View Q&As

Fall prevention is a complex topic. Multiple factors contribute to fall risk, so the assessment should be multi-factorial, and interventions should be directed to the risk factors identified through assessment. Patients may be at high risk for falls due to symptoms from a disease, yet the medications to treat the disease may also put the patient at risk of falling. Patients may disregard the significance of falls because they fear losing their independence or simply because he or she does not understand the potential for severe consequences from falls.

During this free, 60-minute webinar, we will:Home nurse and patient
  • Discuss validated multifactorial fall risk assessments
  • Examine your data findings and adjust your internal thresholds to identify high risk patients in need of interventions
  • Identify fall prevention interventions for implementation by clinicians in the home
  • Discuss major classes of medications that either increase risk for falls or increase risk of injury from a fall
  • Review changes in metabolism of medications commensurate with aging
Guest Speakers:
  • Nancy Kimmons, BS, PT, Home Care Therapy Operations Manager, Rehab Affiliates, Division of Main Line Health,  Philadelphia, PA
  • Michele James, BSN, MSS, RN-BC, Home Care Case Manager, The Home Care Network, Jefferson University Hospitals, Philadelphia, PA
  • Chuck Lally, RPh, Pharmacist, University Hospitals Home Care Services
  • Joanne M. Wile Avenmarg, OTR/L, M.S., Director of Clinical Operations, University Hospitals Home Care Services
This free webinar is presented by: