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What is a fall risk assessment?
Last Updated: 23rd January, 2020
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Then, what is a fall risk assessment tool?
The Johns Hopkins Fall Risk Assessment Tool (JHFRAT) was developed as part of an evidence-based fall safety initiative. This risk stratification tool is valid and reliable and highly effective when combined with a comprehensive protocol, and fall-prevention products and technologies.
Furthermore, what is a fall risk? Definition of Terms. Fall - A fall is an event which results in a person coming to rest inadvertently on the ground or floor or other lower level. Anticipated falls - may occur when a patient whose score on a falls risk tool indicates she or he is at risk of falls.
Correspondingly, what is the purpose of a fall risk assessment?
Purpose of Fall Risk Assessment Identify patient/resident problems (rational basis for deciding whether risk exists) Identify those patients/residents most likely to fall. Trigger further fall-related assessments (multidisciplinary) Identify interventions (guide patient/resident care planning)
How do you determine if a patient is a fall risk?
When screening patients for fall risk, check for: • history of falling within the past year • orthostatic hypotension • impaired mobility or gait • altered mental status • incontinence • medications associated with falls, such as sedative-hypnotics and blood pressure drugs • use of assistive devices.