As a healthcare provider, you understand the serious effect falls can have on your patients. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four adults over 65 falls every year. Moreover, fall related injuries are the leading cause of death among residents in U.S. nursing homes.
To prevent falls, start by screening patients for key risk factors, such as mobility problems, medications, mental status and environment. Then intervene with clinical strategies such as balance training or physical therapy.
Collaborate with patients to build a specific management system. Approaches tailored to their own perceptions and daily lives will give them a stronger sense of independence and willingness to make changes.
To learn more, consider taking Mariposa Training courses, such as "Fall Management: A Guide for Health Care Providers" and "Fall Prevention: Top 10 Tips for Reducing Fall Related Injuries."