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Risk Management: Fall Prevention and Intervention

Fall Prevention

A fall is defined as a sudden, unintentional change in position, which results in an individual either hitting the ground or another object below his or starting point (George, 2000). Falls are a major cause of significant injury and disability among older adults. It is estimated that as many as 75% of nursing home residents fall annually, twice as many as those living our communities.

Many falls are predictable, because a single cause can be identified in about one-third of falls. The two-third of the other falls has more than one risk factor involved and in the long-term care setting, residents are likely to have more than one risk factor for falls. Risk factors are either intrinsic or extrinsic.

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Risk Management: The Importance of Service Plans

Risk Management Service Plans

The care plans, which Federal law requires nursing homes to provide for all residents, can help mitigate risk when developed properly. A properly created care plan assures the facility meets resident’s needs by providing clear, comprehensive instructions for service understandable to all designated care providers, whether or not they are familiar with the resident. One of the goals of a service plan is risk management, the facility must assess the resident’s health, cognitive, and psychosocial status to determine that needs can be adequately served before they move in.

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Risk Management: Clinical Areas of Liability - Nutrition and Hydration

Risk Management Health and Nutrition

Frequently, the elderly show less interest in eating. Additionally, they may also stop drinking as much. Although the actual prevalence of malnutrition and dehydration is not known, dehydration remains the most common fluid and electrolyte disorder among the elderly.

Weight loss can become quite noticeable, and if there is extreme weight loss, artificial nutrition or hydration may be considered. Potential areas of liability include:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Failure to consult family members regarding intervention for weight loss (including feeding tubes
  • Worsening of a pressure ulcers or infection because of a malnourished or dehydrated state

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Risk Management: Assessing the Physical Environment

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Facilities involved in providing services for the elderly must assess, mitigate, and monitor certain risks involved with their daily operations. One of these risks is the actual physical environment of the facility. In order to limit and (hopefully) prevent situations that may result in litigation, environmental risk management places a strong emphasis on targeting the problems that could arise and implementing systems that help with prevention.

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Defining Risk Management

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Risk management addresses liability. Risk management in health care considers quality assurance, patient safety, and patients’ rights. Potential areas of risk include medical mistakes, such as mistakes in medication delivery; injury and accidents; and issues of facility management. Any adverse event, which interferes with delivery of care, can result in litigation.

Risk management is proactive when it avoids or prevents risk and reactive when it minimizes the loss or damage after an adverse event.

Facilities should proactively apply common sense to prevent bad results or accidents. Many maintenance activities that may involve risk, such as mopping slippery floors in high traffic areas, can be scheduled during periods of resident inactivity. Additionally, a facility should design and implement a plant to avoid risk and minimize the results if a damaging incident occurs.

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