Journal of Gerontological Nursing

Feature Article 

Three Essentials for Successful Fall Management: Communication, Policies and Procedures, and Teamwork

Sara Wright, MSN, CRNP; Beryl Goldman, PhD, NHA; Neil Beresin, MEd

Abstract

Falls among older adults, especially within the nursing home setting, can be challenging for health care providers. Attention to the basic processes of communication, policy and procedure, and teamwork proved to be necessary steps to facilitate successful fall management within this pilot program. This article provides an overview of the specified areas, along with examples of techniques developed to address identified needs in each of the three areas. A focused examination of these three essentials could prove instructive to any facility working to improve its fall management process.

Abstract

Falls among older adults, especially within the nursing home setting, can be challenging for health care providers. Attention to the basic processes of communication, policy and procedure, and teamwork proved to be necessary steps to facilitate successful fall management within this pilot program. This article provides an overview of the specified areas, along with examples of techniques developed to address identified needs in each of the three areas. A focused examination of these three essentials could prove instructive to any facility working to improve its fall management process.
Authors
Ms. Wright is a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner and consultant for Kendal Outreach LLC and the Pennsylvania Restraint Reduction Initiative, Dr. Goldman is Director of Kendal Outreach LLC/The Kendal® Corporation, and Mr. Beresin is Product Manager-Collage, Kendal Outreach LLC/The Kendal® Corporation, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

The authors express their sincere appreciation to the staff of Dock Terrace, Lansdale, Pennsylvania, Fulton County Medical Center, McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania, and Jefferson Manor Health Center, Brookville, Pennsylvania, and to Janet Davis, Karen Russell, and Mary Scharf, PARRI/Kendal Outreach LLC, whose commitment and dedication made the PA FIRST program a reality.

Address correspondence to Sara Wright, MSN, CRNP, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner and Consultant, Pennsylvania Restraint Reduction Initiative, Kendal Outreach LLC/The Kendal® Corporation, 1107 East Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square, PA 19348; e-mail: swright@kcorp.kendal.org.

10.3928/00989134-20070801-07

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