presented by Sue Ann Guildermann
This course is part 4 of a 4 part series of the Empira Fall Module. After fall causation is identified, solutions and interventions need to be determined. A solution that eliminates the cause is preferable. However, too often the cause can not be eliminated; therefore, solutions consideration become broader and needs to focus prevention through intrinsic, extrinsic and systemic interventions.
Sue Ann Guildermann has over forty years experience providing education, leadership and consultation to non-profit and for-profit senior service organizations. Sue Ann is a Registered Nurse with a BA and MA in communication. She currently conducts research of evidence-based findings and practices to create quality improvement programs, educational seminars and conferences with targeted solutions for Empira, a consortium of 26 skilled nursing facilities and 14 Assisted Living facilities in Minnesota. For the past three years she has traveled nationally to share the findings from the work of two national and state quality improvement grants awarded to Empira. The purpose of these grants was to reduce resident falls in skilled nursing homes and to ensure that their residents slept undisturbed throughout the night.
Some fall causes can be eliminated; however, many causes need to be managed. A solution will eliminate the cause. An intervention will manage the cause because it remains present. Recognition of these simple concepts will create appreciation for the art and science of fall management. Intervention is an action taken to improve a situation.
Solutions are a means to solving a problem. Some fall causations can be eliminated, thus reducing fall reoccurrence through solution selection, ongoing monitoring and evaluation. To demonstrate solutions that match causation, specific intrinsic, extrinsic, and systemic examples will be shared.
Interventions are a means to improve a situation or reduce risks. Some fall causations cannot be eliminated. Reducing risk of falls or preventing injury with falls can be obtained through appropriate intervention selection, ongoing monitoring, and evaluation. To demonstrate interventions that match causation, specific intrinsic, extrinsic, and systemic examples will be shared.