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Safe Patient Handling Considerations for Fall Prevention & Wound Care

presented by Michael Fragala, PhD, MBA, RN, WCC, CSPHP, AMS and Guy Fragala, PhD, PE, CSP, CSPHP

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Financial: Mike Fragala receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. Mike Fragala is an employee of Joerns. This course makes no product or services recommendations. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Mike Fragala has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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As the acuity within levels of care changes, those providing care must be prepared to implement synergistic solutions to patient safety issues. Throughout this course, learners will explore the three interrelated concepts of Safe Patient Handling, Fall Management, and Wound Care, including a discussion of factors that put patients and health care workers at increased risk; the interrelationship of skin integrity, safe patient handling, and fall prevention programs; and a panel discussion to help caregivers assess strategies to decrease risk at their facilities.

Meet Your Instructors

Michael Fragala, PhD, MBA, RN, WCC, CSPHP, AMS

Michael Fragala has worked in the healthcare business operations arena for the majority of his career and has served as a Regional Clinical Director, primarily responsible for clinical operations and strategic planning, within national post-acute accounts. Presently Mr. Fragala is employed by Joerns Healthcare overseeing clinical initiatives within national accounts. He has also spent time…

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Guy Fragala, PhD, PE, CSP, CSPHP

Dr. Fragala has more than 45 years of experience as an Occupational Safety and Health professional and is currently the Senior Advisor for Ergonomics at the Patient Safety Center of Inquiry in Tampa, Florida. He recently served as Champion for the Creating the Safer Environment Program for Joerns Healthcare and Director of Compliance Programs with…

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1. Overview of Basic Principles Relating to Falls and Skin Integrity to Safe Patient Handling

Understanding the interrelated concepts of safe patient handling, fall management, and wound care is an important part of reducing risk to caregivers and patients alike. This chapter introduces the impact of these disciplines in terms of both direct and indirect costs of patient care as well as their relationship to preventable events.

2. Risk Factor Considerations

Occupational risk factors of manual patient handling, such as exertion, repetition, posture, and duration of exposure, can result in harm to both caregivers and patients alike. This chapter explores activities that put you and your patients at risk, as well as the role that you play in providing high-quality patient care and maintaining your own safety and well-being.

3. How Safe Patient Handling Can Aid in a Fall Management Program

This chapter explores the serious risk of falls to members of the geriatric population by exploring both proven and theorized concepts of fall management. In addition, this chapter includes a discussion of safe patient handling program best practices to positively affect your patient populations.

4. How SPH Relates to Skin Integrity

This chapter explores considerations for mobility and equipment in relation to skin integrity programs. In addition to a review of the basic anatomy and physiology of skin, prevention principles reviewing how to avoid occurrences of skin breakdown with the use of mobility will be discussed.

5. Changing the Culture and Connecting the Dots

Through a panel discussion of nurses and therapists, this chapter will explore the perspectives of direct care staff on the interrelationships of safe patient handling, wound care, and fall management.

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