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Falls Risk Screening integration with Medication Management in the community

Le 1 novembre 2017 - Le 30 novembre 2017 N/A

Organisme d’accueil: Champlain LHIN Professional Practice (healthcareathome.ca/champlain/en)

Type d’activité: Évaluation du risque

Auditoire visé: Professionnels des soins de santé travaillant auprès des personnes âgées


Staff at the Champlain LHIN have started to integrate a Falls Screening best practice related to medications with every client who is visited in their home by a Home and Community Care professional as part of Medication Management processes.

Care Coordinators, Rapid Response Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Mental-Health and Addictions Nurses now use this guideline "Barbara Cadario and BC Falls and Injury Prevention Coalition. Drugs and the Risk of Falling: Guidance Document. Revised August 2011".

The guideline tool is directly embedded in the working tool used for client assessments.

This practice of reviewing medications with attention to their effect related to falls will increase the likelihood of:
- Preventing client harm from medications
- Improving client knowledge, personal skills, confidence, motivation and resources to prevent falls and better manage their health
- Better health literacy/ understanding of medications
- Understanding risks of “high alert medications”
- Safer transitions across the continuum of care
- Identifying polypharmacy, non-adherence, errors and discrepancies for follow-up
- Appropriately utilizing health care resources

References:
• Canadian Patient Safety Institute (Safer Health Care Now)
• ISMP List of High-Alert Medications in Community/Ambulatory Healthcare Settings
• Safer Healthcare Now. 2011 Medication Reconciliation in the Home: Getting Started Kit.
• ISMP “Do Not Use” List or Error Prone Abbreviations