Why Do Patients Fall and What Do I Do?

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Course Description

Falls are the top cause of accidents in people over the age of 65. Falls are also the main cause of serious injuries and accidental deaths in older people. Even older people who appear to be strong and well can fall. Falling is a real threat to their ability to live on their own.

This course focuses on the causes and methods of prevention for patient falls. Therapists are instructed on the epidemiology of falls, recognition of the mechanism behind postural control and maintenance of balance as well as identification of intrinsic and extrinsic fall risk factors. Dr. Tinsley goes into detail about assessment tools used for patients with balance impairments followed by an explanation of essential components for successful gait cycle and gait abnormalities.

This Seminar-On-Demand is 4 contact hours in length (check your state's approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).

Contact Hours: 4
Video Course Format: Video
Target Audience: ATC/LAT, OT/COTA, PT/PTA, RN
Instructional Level: Advanced BOC Level of Difficulty: Mastery