Falls constitute the single largest category of adverse events in long-term care facilities. Up to 75% of residents experience one or more falls annually. To support caregivers in their efforts to manage falls, a number of technologies related to reducing the hazards associated with falls have emerged as important strategies against the threats of resident safety (e.g., fall alarms, hip protectors, low beds, and cushioned floor mats). Fall management technology can play a vital role in fall prevention and/or minimizing the adverse effects associated with falls.
The objectives of ‘Breaking the Fall Cycle’ are to:
- Increase awareness of fall and injury preventive technology.
- Increase awareness of ‘how to best use’ fall alarms.
- Increase awareness of ‘how to best use’ injury preventive technology. (e.g., hip protectors, low beds and floor mats).
Content Specialist: Rein Tideiksaar, PhD is an expert in the area of fall prevention and the president of FallPrevent, LLC. He has been active in the area of fall prevention for more than 25 years, directing numerous research and educational programs for health care settings.
Please click on the links below to start the Program.
- View the Presentation – Breaking the Fall Cycle. The presentations are self-running but if you prefer to speed them up you can use the arrows at the bottom of the presentation. Please note: If you are not able to view the presentation the materials in point 2 are sufficient to take the test.
- Study the alarm and hip protector program articles
- Take the Nurse’s exam on-line
- Click the “Submit” button
- Your test will be submitted for grading
- If you achieve at least a 70% score a Nurse’s CE Certificate will be mailed to you
- Take the CNA exam on-line
- If taking the CNA exam please print the results and submit to your facility’s Director of Nursing for grading and receive your CNA Certificate of Achievement after passing the test
NOTE: If you are a Director of Nursing and would like to conduct the Falls Program training in-house for other facility nurses and/or CNAs please print the “Teaching Guide” manual and other materials, use the self running web presentation above and follow the above eight steps. To receive an answer key to the CNA test please email accounting at firstname.lastname@example.org