Using Patient Simulation to Promote Best Practices in Fall Prevention and Postfall Assessment in Nursing Homes.

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Date: Apr. 2022
From: Journal of Nursing Care Quality(Vol. 37, Issue 2)
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, WK Health
Document Type: Brief article
Length: 199 words

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Byline: Daniela J. Acosta, Centre of Excellence in Frailty-Informed Care, The Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Mss Acosta, Rinfret, and Plant and Dr Hsu); and Bruyȿre Research Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Dr Hsu).; Amber Rinfret; Jennifer Plant; Amy T. Hsu Abstract BACKGROUND: Fall-related injuries rise with age and are of particular concern for frail populations living in nursing homes. LOCAL PROBLEM: The Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre is a large nursing home in Ontario, Canada. In 2019, we conducted internal audits of our Falls Prevention Program and identified notable variations in staff's response to a resident fall. INTERVENTIONS: We developed an in situ patient simulation program of a resident fall. METHODS: This was a mixed-methods evaluation of participants' perspectives of a simulation-based interprofessional education program for fall prevention. RESULTS: Participants indicated high-level support for simulation-based learning, with more than 80% of the participants expressing that they will apply these skills in the future when caring for a resident who falls. CONCLUSIONS: Our findings indicate that simulation-based training is well received by frontline workers in a nursing home setting and can be conducted as part of a typical shift with minimal disruption to resident care.

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