Tuesday Tip: Are You Following Up On Falls?

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Tip: Are You Following Up On Falls?  

We all know that falls cannot always be “prevented,” but as a provider it is essential that you carry out proper follow up after a fall has occurred.  First and foremost, of course, is to ensure appropriate medical care is provided by contacting emergency medical services and the resident’s physician as appropriate.  But, after immediate medical needs have been addressed, here are some follow up steps to consider:

Have you notified the family or responsible party every time the resident falls? (87468) Not doing so often leads to ongoing issues between you and the resident’s family and can lead to regulatory compliance problems as well.

Are you addressing the resident’s ongoing care needs? (87463, 87466) Consult with the resident’s physician and physical therapist for ongoing care instructions, such as proper use of walkers, etc.

Have you trained your staff? (87411) Your staff must receive training based on the needs and services of your residents.  Fall-related topics to address should include, but are not limited to, use of assistive devices, fall response, and basic first aid.

Have you updated the resident’s service plan? (87467) Regulations require that the resident’s service plan be updated “when there is a significant change in the resident’s condition.”  Falls could certainly constitute a change in condition, and failing to update the service plan frequently leads to citations from CCLD.

These are just a few tips to consider as part of your fall follow up plan.  As always, resident safety must be your priority.

This tip was provided by Advanced Healthcare Studies — your source for operational and training products and services.

Sincerely,

Advanced Healthcare Studies, LLC

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