Week 5 discussion
Fall risks are very high for the geriatric population.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2013), one out of
every three adults aged 65 years and older falls each year. This can be
attributed to factors such as changes in aging, other health issues,
environment, and effects of prescribed drugs. When caring for geriatric
patients, it is important to screen them for risks and perform fall-risk
assessments. These assessment tools help to determine the level of risk for
patients so that preventive measures can be taken. The implications of falls
are very serious and range from fractures to mental health disorders and even
death. In this Discussion, you explore risk assessment tools for use with
patients at your practicum site.
Review the Kanis article in this weekâ€™s Learning Resources.
Consider a geriatric patient at your practicum site who is
at risk for falls. Coordinate an opportunity to assess this patient with your
Preceptor. Note: When referring to your patient, make sure to use a pseudonym
or other false form of identification. This is to ensure the privacy and
protection of the patient.
In addition to the Fracture Risk Assessment Tool (FRAX),
select one of the following tools to assess this patient for falls:
Tinetti Performance Oriented Mobility Assessment (POMA)
Berg Balance Scale
Elderly Mobility Scale
Timed Unsupported Stead Stand (TUSS)
Six-Minute Walk Test (6MWT)
Hendrich II Fall Risk Model
Consider why you selected the assessment tool for this
Assess the patient using the tool you selected under
Preceptor guidance. Reflect on the assessment, including any issues with the
patient and/or the effectiveness of the tool.
Think about strategies and interventions to reduce the risk
of falls for frail elders.
Post on or before Day 3 a case study description of a
geriatric patient from your practicum site who is at risk for falls. Describe
this patientâ€™s FRAX assessment. Then, describe the other assessment tool you
used in the fall-risk assessment and explain why you selected the tool for this
particular patient. Explain the patient assessment, including any issues with
the patient and/or the effectiveness of the tool. Finally, explain strategies
to reduce the risk of falls for your patient.
Read a selection of your colleaguesâ€™ responses.
Respond on or before Day 6 to at least two of your
colleagues on two different days in one or more of the ways listed below.
Respond to colleagues who selected a different assessment tool than you did.
Suggest alternative tools for assessing your colleaguesâ€™
Recommend additional strategies to reduce the risk of falls
for your colleaguesâ€™ patients.
Share insights based on your own experience and additional
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