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Falls Handbook: Clinical and Medical-Legal Perspectives of Falls Across the Lifespan

Falls Handbook: Clinical and Medical-Legal Perspectives of Falls Across the Lifespan
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Genres: Personal injury, Worker’s compensation
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Year: 2012
Length: 134 Pages
ASIN: 1480086126
ISBN: 1480086126
Falls are a widespread public health problem, affecting many age groups from children through older adults, from public to patient settings.
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About the Book

Falls are a widespread public health problem, affecting many age groups from children through older adults, from public to patient settings. In the healthcare setting, all persons involved in the delivery of healthcare – from administration through hands-on healthcare providers and professionals – have a responsibility for providing patient safety in preventing falls. This shared goal and responsibility for providing patient safety and in preventing falls. This shared goal and responsibility for fall prevention (and management) is echoed in the Joint Commission Standards – affecting all participating hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, ambulatory care settings or any place where patient falls can occur. Learn how to prevent or manage falls with current information and case studies. Learn how to analyze liability associated with falls.

Written by experts in the clinical and liability issues associated with falls, Falls Handbook is a current and comprehensive text on one of the most difficult aspects of medical care: fall prevention. The authors define falls, identify those at risk, and explain the consequences of falls. The text defines the hazards of falls in public places, homes and healthcare facilities. Medical, age-related, and medication-related causes of falls are clearly defined.

You will learn what the caregiver should assess after a fall, and how the plan of care should be changed. You will learn what can and should be done to prevent falls. The rationale for moving away from the use of restraints and side rails is explained. The text concludes with a description of the analysis of the liability and damages associated with a fall. You will learn how meritorious cases are identified. Common allegations by plaintiff’s experts are listed, along with 9 defense strategies. The use of punitive damages in falls cases is defined.

Topics Include:

  • Overview of Falls in America
  • The Multifactorial Nature of Falls
  • Prevention of Falls in the Medical Care Setting
  • Prevention of Falls in Nursing Homes
  • Physical Restraints and Side Rails in the Elderly
  • Legal Aspects of Falls
  • Clinical tips
  • Critical thinking questions
  • Verdicts involving falls cases
  • Case materials with analysis of the claim
  • Extensive references
About the Author
Patricia W. Iyer

Patricia W. Iyer, RN, M.S.N, is a medical surgical nurse expert witness and founder of a legal nurse consulting firm, Med League Support Services in Flemington, NJ. Med League provides assistance to attorneys who handle medical and nursing malpractice cases, personal injury, products liability and other types of cases. It also screens nursing home cases for merit.

She received her diploma in nursing from Muhlenberg Hospital School of Nursing in Plainfield, NJ, and her B.S.N and M.S.N from University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She was certified as a legal nurse consultant by the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants. Active in the Philadelphia and New Jersey chapters of AALNC, Ms. Iyer was elected to the board of directors of AALNC in 1998. She served a term as secretary and director at large, and will complete a three-year term as president elect, president and past president for AALNC for the years 2001to 2004.

Ms. Iyer's experience includes working as a staff nurse, an educator in a school of nursing, a director of nursing education in a hospital, and a nursing quality assurance coordinator. She is a noted national and international speaker on nursing documentation and liability issues, and has presented seminars to attorneys and paralegals. She has testified as an expert and fact witness.

Ms. Iyer has coauthored six nursing textbooks including a book on nursing documentation, Iyer and Camp, Nursing Documentation: A Nursing Process Approach, which was in its third edition in 1999. She was an associate editor of the Principles and Practices of Legal Nurse Consulting, 1997.

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