Preventing Patient Falls (W2041)
As the number one hospital-acquired condition, falls are an important patient safety and risk management issue. This webinar will discuss how to comply with the Joint Commission (TJC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hospital Conditions of Participation (CoPs) standards on falls.
Falls are one of the most significant challenges for hospitals and other health care facilities. A recent study showed falls cost the health care industry $5 billion in 2020. This webinar will include information on medications that increase the fall rate and the role of a pharmacist in the fall program.
Attendance is a must for anyone serving on the falls team and anyone interested in preventing and reducing the number of falls in the hospital setting. All hospitals should have a falls team that receives current information regarding falls.
At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:
• Explain that every hospital should have a falls program.
• Describe that all staff should know how to measure the fall rate and define what constitutes a fall.
• Define the intrinsic and extrinsic causes of falls.
• Recall that CMS will not pay for falls experienced by Medicare patients if the fall occurs during hospitalization and causes serious injury or death.
• Recite evidenced-based fall assessment tools used in inpatient and outpatient settings.
Lena Browning, MHA, BSN, RNC-NIC, CSHA
Nash Healthcare Consulting
Lena Browning is a nurse leader and accreditation specialist with more than 25 years of experience in clinical leadership in acute care settings. As a principal consultant with Compass Clinical Consulting, Lena served as team lead for the accreditation and regulatory compliance survey team. Most recently, Lena has fulfilled three interim positions as director of accreditation and was responsible for restructuring accreditation departments and leading organizations in compliance. Additionally, Lena has successfully coached numerous organizations through Immediate Jeopardy (IJ) situations with all organizations getting the IJ lifted, and no condition level findings noted on return surveys.
Prior to consulting, Lena had over two decades of experience in accreditation and regulatory leadership. As an expert for CMS, TJC, and state regulations, she has performed system-wide tracers for continuous readiness and patient safety, coordinated accreditation and regulatory surveys, chaired continuous readiness committees, and coached staff and leadership in compliance and performance improvement strategies.
Lena earned a Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Southern Indiana and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Murray State University. She holds numerous certifications in basic life support, neonatal and pediatric advanced life support, and newborn resuscitation and post resuscitation stabilization. She is also a member of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).