In this module, we work through the case of Mr. Smith, an older adult who has fallen – a familiar situation on nearly every ED shift. This module will help you think critically about assessing his injuries and planning for safe discharge.
Upon conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
- Apply geriatric principles to the care of an older adult who has fallen in a case study.
- List medication classes that increase the risk of falls in older adults.
- List functional assessment tools that are appropriate for use in the emergency department.
- Describe the types of mobility assessments that can be performed for patients presenting after a fall.
Attendance at this Mayo Clinic-accredited course does not indicate nor guarantee competence or proficiency in the performance of any procedures which may be discussed or taught in this course.
In support of improving patient care, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, and the Geriatric Emergency Department Collaborative. Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science designates this live activity for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science designates this activity for a maximum of 0.50 ANCC contact hours. Nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.