This video tape includes discussions of: cause of falls; intrinsic risk factors; chronic disease; acute illness; age related changes; physiological components; restraint free and fall proof environment; chemical and physical restraints; consequences of physical restraints; psychosocial and environmental alternatives; OBRA ’87; perceptions; risk management strategies; energy conservation; exercise; weight shifting; head motion; picking up and carrying items; Morse fall scale; post fall procedure; I HATE FALLING; PROFET Study; AGS Guidelines; external hip protectors.
After completing this video tape, you should be able to:
- Identify 3 risk factors for falls;
- Describe potential short and long term consequences of falls; and
- Discuss appropriate interventions to prevent falls in older adults.
Holly Brown, MSN, APRN.BC is a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner at Wesley Woods Center of Emory University, Atlanta, GA. Ms. Brown is an associate faculty member at the Adult and Elder Health, Nell Hodgson Woodruff Nursing Center, at the School of Nursing of Emory University, Atlanta, GA.
Mary Watson, MSN, APRN.BC is the “Falls Nurse” at Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) in Little Rock and North Little Rock, AR. Ms. Watson is the coordinator of facilities in the Fall Prevention Program and provides consultation to staff regarding high-risk patients.
Missy Ellis, PT, MS is a physical therapist and research assistant in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service at CAVHSin Little Rock and North Little Rock, AR.