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Rein Tideiksaar

Rein Tideiksaar, PhD, PA-C, or Dr. Rein as he is commonly referred to, is the president of Fall Prevent, LLC, Blackwood, New Jersey, a consulting company that provides educational, legal, and marketing services related to fall prevention in the elderly.

Dr. Tideiksaar is a gerontologist, which is a health care professional who specializes in working with elderly patients, and a geriatric physician's assistant. He has been active in the area of fall prevention for over thirty years. 

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Class Accreditation

All states (with the exception of Hawaii) recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours.
This course is accredited by the following boards:

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15467.
Provider approved by the Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia , South Carolina Boards of Nursing through CE Broker, CE Provider #: 50-13256.

Provider approved by the California Department of Public Health, Nurse Aide Certification (NAC) #7046.  This document must be retained by the certified nurse assistant for a period of four years after the course completion. Provider approved by the District of Columbia Board of Nursing Assistive Personnel, Florida Board of Nursing-Certified Nursing Assistants; CE Broker CE Provider #: 50-13256.   

Fall Prevention: Guidance on Utilizing Fall Alarms

Contact Hours: 1
Cost: $10.00

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Fall Prevention: Guidance on Utilizing Fall Alarms
Fall alarms serve as an "early warning system"; they alert nursing staff when “fall risk” patients (*) are engaging in activities that are likely to result in falls. Fall alarms can play a vital role in helping staff to prevent patient falls. However, the inappropriate selection and/or misuse of fall alarms may actually predispose patients to falls and injuries. The purpose of this course is to provide hospitals and long-term care facilities with guidance on the appropriate utilization of fall alarms in reducing fall risk. 

(*) The term ‘patient’ is used to refer to both acute hospital patients and long-term care residents

Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
  • Discuss the appropriate clinical utilization of fall alarms.
  • List criteria for the appropriate selection of fall alarms. 
  • Explain the maintenance of effective fall alarms.

Curriculum

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Patient Fall Prevention Process
Fall Risk Assessment
Care Plan
Post Fall Assessment
Follow Up

Chapter 3: Types of Fall Alarms
Pressure Pad Alarms
Pull-String Alarms
Floor Mat Alarms
Built-In Alarms
How Fall Alarms Work

Chapter 4: Common Uses of Fall Alarms
Warn Nursing Staff
Warn Patients
Alternative to Nurse Call Bells
Assessment Tool
Nursing Aid

Chapter 5: Indications for Fall Alarms
Criteria
Risk Factors
Periods of High Fall Risk
Clinical Process Uses

Chapter 6: Selection of Fall Alarms
Identify a Multidisciplinary Team
Identify Patients Benefiting from Alarms:
Identify Specific Patient Groups

Chapter 7: Choosing the Right Alarm
Potential Patient Conditions Interfering with Fall Alarms
Choosing the “Right” Fall Alarm for Staff
Purchasing the “Right” Fall Alarm

Chapter 8: Maintaining Effective Fall Alarm Systems
Staff Error
Organizational Error
Alarm Error
Patient Error
Strategies for Improving the Effectiveness of Fall Alarms

Chapter 9: Auditing Fall Alarms
Audit Process

Chapter 10: Keys to Success
Organizational Support
Staff Education
Fall Alarm Maintenance
Audits
Nurse Champion

Chapter 11: Are Fall Alarms Over-Used?

Chapter 12: Case Studies

Chapter 13: Appendix