We would love to visit and share a comprehensive thumb drive for you of the fantastic Power Points from the National Falls Conference last month in Philadelphia. This was a super meeting and many new technologies and ideas where discussed and shared by numerous speakers and attendees that we would love to pass along so that your team can benefit.
Since retiring from the Posey Company our team of clinical specialists and I have been researching the most advanced new devices that will be game changers in healthcare. To this purpose we have formed Predictive Health Devices as a vehicle to share these amazing new technologies and protocols. A brief description would include:
Please call or email for your team’s personal review of fall conference materials and Predictive Health Devices Experts for Quality, Fall Prevention and Protection, Risk Management, Training, Marketing and Distribution
Subject; Fall Prevention and Fall Protection coupled with Bed Safety and Restraint Reduction in 2018. The New Technology AI Approach
Author; Patrick Devaney, BA Psychology
President and Founder, Medical Nurse Training, Inc. And Predictive Health Devices
New devices address the need for proactive and predictive devices that will continuously monitor individuals at risk for falls (motion pictures vs. a snapshot of patient status)
Patrick has been a consultant / trainer to numerous Health Care facilities, Corporations and LTCDON Associations. Most recently as Executive Director of a state Director of Nurses Association Long Term Care. He has trained thousands of LTC and Critical Care facilities as a speaker on FDA, OSHA, CMS Joint Commission guidelines, fall prevention, bed safety and restraint alternatives in one and three hour accredited speaking engagements. His programs have been nationally accredited by the ANA for over 12 years with excellent results.
In recent years it has been very difficult to find reliable evidence based programs for fall prevention and fall protection. I have a personal reason for my involvement in this matter since my mother passed away as a direct result of a hip fracture. This event was totally preventable utilizing the techniques implemented by some forward thinking facilities like Johns Hopkins.
Facilities have been struggling with the appropriate modalities to reduce the incidence of falls and reduce restraint use at the same time. In order to find the ultimate solution requires a mix of assessment tools and up to date devices to achieve the highest reduction in fall risk. Additionally bed safety and reductions in side rail entrapment have been serious concerns especially for older beds. I also believe, as does CMS, that one of the best answers is too provide a train the trainer approach to hospital and long term care on fall prevention, fall protection, bed safety and restraint reduction. Fall Prevention Programs work particularly well in this format since fall prevention in nursing often requires significant falls training and retraining.
The programs are recorded with a live audience to increase the learning and retention experience. Valuable technologies including Fall Alarms, Posey Beds, Hip Protectors, Fall Mats, Self-Releasing Devices and Restraint Alternatives are demonstrated and discussed. Reducing the impact of the new Medicare changes of October 2008 are reviewed in detail. These accredited on line training programs include all the patient/resident safety regulatory recommendations and device suggestions. Numerous tools including the new Johns Hopkins restraint, falls policies and protocols, as required by the new CMS and 2009 Joint Commission recommendations. I have reviewed numerous programs and I am confident this is the most state of the art program available. Attendees report this is the best program they have ever attended for staff and nursing training.
Many regulatory guidelines are often overlooked due to lack of information from the regulating agencies. I have had the opportunity to work with and train numerous surveyors. There has often been some inconsistency between surveyors on the guidelines. The training I have done with the surveyors has reduced some of these inconsistencies. We have included much of the lessons learned in the On Line and DVD programs in a train the trainer, video and PowerPoint format. This will certainly help to minimize negative surveys in Long Term and Acute Care settings. Please call us for your free analysis of our free consulting services for your team/
Please go to www.PredictiveHealthDevices.com to review the newest devices and trends in Fall Prevention and Predictive approached to Fall Protection and Prevention
President and CEO
Medical Nurse Training and Distribution Inc.
And Subsidiary, Predictive Health Devices Inc.
Predictive Health Devices.com (available December)
Proven Fall Prevention Products; that save lives and reduce injury from falls for Seniors and those at risk for falls
Author: Pat Devaney
Many doctors and nurses have requested during our training programs, “where can we obtain this valuable fall protection equipment for friends, family members and patients at a reasonable price.” Finally that has been accomplished to reduce slip and fall injuries at home and in assisted living environments. Additonally, SaferFalls provides education to reduce the potential for these devastating falls.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that over 60% of fatal falls occur in the home. Additionally the total cost of falls in 2010 is expected to be between 68 and 100 Billion Dollars. More than 25,000 older adults died due to falls last year. Katharine Graham, former Washington Post Chairman died as a result of a fall. Most of this cost and loss of life is completely preventable through new fall prevention, fall protection products and safer falls education. Many of these medically significant events include hip fracture, head injury, fear of falling again, broken vertebrae and broken wrist.
Over 44 million baby boomers live at home with an elderly sick parent according to The Caring Alliance. Another 25 million at risk elderly live alone and unprotected from devastating falls. The current economic conditions have exacerbated these numbers. Since life expectancy has continued to increase this situation is likely to become even more prevalent. The faller may need to move in with adult children and adult children often have to take time off work to care for at risk parents. The costs emotionally and physically to the person who falls and their families is enormous.
Much of this information is virtually unknown to the general public. Annually there are approximately 370,000 hip fractures. Head injuries from falls at home are another significant medical cost. Falls are the major cause of 40% of nursing home admissions and subsequent costs to families. Per year, of those admitted to a hospital only about
50 % will survive a serious fall. Falls are the leading cause of accidental death and more than 33% of adults 65 and older fall each year. Reductions in healthcare costs is a current concern of all in the government and the effect of falls are major cost factor.
Anyone who is above the age of 55 or has a relative, who is at risk for falls, is confused or agitated, has Alzheimer’s, or presents departure/elopement risk at home will be very interested in this new material. This information will be invaluable to seniors and their families. To see fall prevention training and fall protection devices for home, concerned individuals and families may go directly to www.SaferFalls.com for senior fall prevention.
Some of these devices include Hip Protectors, Fall and Exit Alarms, high impact Fall and Floor Cushions, Fall and Lift Furniture, Bed Safety Guards, Personal Pagers, high impact Bath Mats, Fall Management Socks and Shower Slippers.
Hip Protectors – High Impact – absorbing pads that help protect hip bones against injury from falls. About 320,000 people suffer a hip fracture every year. These pads are built into brief’s, panties, sweat pants and sweat shorts. They can easily be laundered and re-used numerous times to help protect from falls. The use of these devices has been clinically proven to reduce injury. Many individuals that experience a fall are afraid to continue normal activities like walking. These devices help these people resume a normal life. Hip Fracture is one of the number one causes of death in older individuals. Our experience shows that hip protectors are generally not known by the general public
Hip-Hope –Advanced air bags for the hips (review on product page
Fall Alarms – Inexpensive bed and chair exit electronic monitors otherwise known as Fall Alarms, assist with the observation of patients and family members to help reduce falls and the potential for elopement from home or a facility. A variety of sensor accessories may be used including toileting sensors, bed/chair sensors, infrared sensors and self releasing sensors may be attached to the monitor to reduce risk. These alarms include a gentle voice reminder not to get up without assistance. Many of these devices are unknown to the general public. Pendants to call caregivers when help is needed are also very useful.
Floor Cushions and Bath Mats – Certain areas of the home are very high risk for injury from falls like the bathroom. Special floor cushions and bath mats are designed to help reduce the impact from a fall and are frequently talked about in the clinical literature. These floor cushions are tri-fold in design, making them convenient to carry to areas requiring the most immediate protection. Bathrooms are also very high risk zones. The sure step bath mat can be used to significantly reduce the impact of a fall. The mat is impervious to water and bacterial growth and can be custom cut to fit the contours of any bathroom or floor.
Please go to www.PredictiveHealth.com to receive more information and education on these important fall prevention and fall protection products.