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The Ethics of Fall Prevention
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Co-sponsored by: San Diego Fall Prevention Task Force (coordinated by Aging & Independence Services of San Diego County, Health & Human Services Agency); San Diego District of the California Chapter, American Physical Therapy Association; and Dr. Kimberley Bell, PT

4/29/2015
When: 4/29/2015
6:00 PM
Where: Scripps Mende Well Being classroom
4305 La Jolla Village Drive
#L-5
San Diego, CA  92122
United States
Presenter: Kristen Smith, MPH & Dr. Kimberley Bell, PT
Contact: Rosalia Arellano, MSPT, NCS

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The Ethics of Fall Prevention
Exploring Best Practices in Geriatrics

Co-sponsored by:

San Diego District of the California Chapter, American Physical Therapy Association  


San Diego Fall Prevention Task Force (coordinated by Aging & Independence Services of San Diego County, Health & Human Services Agency)


Dr. Kimberley Bell, PT

Course Schedule: Fees, Dates and Locations

Course Fees

CPTA/APTA Members: Free

Non-CPTA/APTA Members: $20; RSVP now, Pay at the Door

 

Dates and Locations

Weeknight Evening: Sign In 6:00-6:30, Class 6:30-8:30pm

1) Thursday 1/22/15

St. Paul’s PACE 630 L St, Chula Vista CA 91911

2) Wednesday 4/29/15

Scripps Mende Well Being classroom, 4305 La Jolla Village Drive, #L-5 San Diego CA 92122

(second level above Blue Fin sushi restaurant at UTC mall)

3) Tuesday 8/18/15

Tri-city Wellness Center 6250 El Camino Real Carlsbad, CA 92009

4) Thursday 12/10/15

Scripps Mende Well Being classroom, 4305 La Jolla Village Drive, #L-5 San Diego CA 92122

(second level above Blue Fin sushi restaurant at UTC mall)

CEUs Approved by CPTA: 2.0 hours = 0.2 CEU’s for PTs, PTAs


Course Outline

Introductions & Ethical Questions (6:30-6:50pm)

Fall Statistics in CA (6:50-7:15pm)

Fall Prevention Overview (7:15-8:00pm)

Best Practice Recommendations (8:00-8:15pm)

Discussion (8:15-8:30pm)

Instructors

Kristen Smith, MPH
Health Promotion Manager, San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency

Dr. Kimberley Bell, PT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Vestibular Specialist
Co-Chair of San Diego County Fall Prevention Task Force

Type of Instructional Method: Lecture with group discussion

Course Objectives

The audience will...

Understand statistics related to falls in older adults as a public health problem.
Name three major components of geriatric fall prevention.
Verbalize components of a multi-factorial fall risk assessment and evidence- based interventions to reduce fall risk and fall rate.
Understand the relationship between complaints of dizziness and fall risk.
Review cases, considering ethical questions about the relevance and necessity of fall prevention interventions for geriatric patients.
Discuss obstacles and brainstorm solutions for implementing evidence-based best practices for fall prevention for geriatric patients in their respective clinical settings.
Understand the recommended best practices for the care of older adults related to preventing falls and reducing the burden of fall-related injuries on our economy, as recommended by:

The American Geriatrics Society
The British Geriatrics Society
The American Academy of Neurology
The American Academy of Otolaryngology

Ethical Questions

Considering the prevalence of falls related injuries, if you work with a geriatric population, what are your professional responsibilities from an ethical standpoint regarding educating yourself about the issue of falls and falls prevention? If you remain uninformed, is that right or wrong?
Among geriatric clinicians, who is responsible, and under what circumstances, for educating older patients about fall prevention and developing a fall prevention treatment plan? If the PT is not responsible, who do you think should be responsible for helping a patient prevent the next fall?
If you complete a falls risk screen as required by Medicare for PQRS or OASIS-C documentation requirements and then do not include interventions in your treatment plan to directly address reducing fall risk, is that right or wrong?
If you treat a patient who was referred to PT for an injury that was sustained during a fall, such as a TBI, shoulder fracture, wrist fracture, hip fracture (and the list goes on) and you do not assess or treat fall risk or balance as part of your PT assessment, instead concentrating on the rehabilitation of the original reason for the referral, is that right or wrong?
The #1 complaint to physicians from people over 70 years old is dizziness, which has a vestibular component about 45-50% of the time, so considering these facts, is it right or wrong for clinicians who work primarily in geriatrics to have little to no understanding of assessment and treatment of the vestibular system?

 

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