Every shift we will see an older adult who has fallen, and in an ideal situation, we can have these patients assessed by PT and OT while they are in the Emergency Department. But in many cases, these resources are not readily available – especially for small and rural hospitals. In this module, we’ll review the basics of mobility assessments in older adults and introduce some simple strategies for incorporating either informal or formal mobility assessments into your practice.
Upon conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
- List key components of a functional mobility assessment.
- Describe the types of mobility assessments that can be performed for patients presenting after a fall.
- Choose an appropriate assistive device based on patient mobility status 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.