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Chapter Listing

Fall Prevention: Bed Safety - DEMO


Chapter 1: Introduction

About This Course

Many falls in long-term care facilities occur from bed. Falls occur when residents try to get out of bed on their own, most often to go to the bathroom to meet toileting needs. These falling events are associated with significant physical and psychological complications.

This course is designed to assist long-term care staff in:

  • Understanding why residents fall from bed.
  • Designing strategies aimed at preventing bed falls.


Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify reasons for bed falls.
  • Discuss strategies to reduce the risk of bed falls and injury.
  • Describe devices used to guard against bed falls and injury.
  • State the importance of a bed mobility assessment.
  • Recognize environmental factors contributing to bed falls and strategies aimed at modifying unsafe conditions.


Chapter One: Introduction

  • Risk Factors for Bed-Related Falls
  • Causes of Bed-Related Falls and Injury

Chapter Two: Steps in Reducing Bed-Related Falls

  • Assessment
  • Performance-Based Bed Mobility Screen
  • Communicating Fall Risk
  • Post-Fall Bed Assessment

Chapter Three: Strategies to Reduce Bed Falls

  • Medical Interventions
  • Rehabilitative Interventions
  • Nursing Interventions

Chapter Four: Environmental Strategies

  • Beds
  • Floor Surfaces
  • Lighting
  • Bed Safety Checklist

Chapter Five: Strategies to Reduce Falls and Injury

  • Bed Side Rails
  • Side Rail Risk Assessment
  • Nurse Call Bells
  • Sitters
  • Cushioned Floor Mats
  • Hip Pads
  • Helmets
  • Fixed and Adjustable Low Beds
  • Body Pillows
  • Fall Alarms
  • Ineffective Fall Alarms
  • Strategies for Improving the Effectiveness of Fall Alarms
  • Bed Safety Checklist

Chapter Six: Follow Up/Monitoring

  • Environment
  • Meeting Basic Needs
  • Daily Monitoring of Fall Risk

Chapter Seven: Bed Safety Audits

  • Audit Process

Chapter Eight: Achieving Success with Bed Safety

  • Adhere to a Clinical Process
  • Provide Education
  • Establish a Multidisciplinary Committee
  • Ensure Administrative Support
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