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Submitted By Dean-Kunchynski
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The first article to be discussed in: Navigating the Health Care System Advice Columns from Dr. Carolyn Clancy, New Tools Help Health Providers Reduce Patients' Risk of Falls. Long-term care today is one of the most important topics as our older generation or “baby-boomers” decent into the need where living at home is not safe anymore so they must rely on the care of home health care providers or skilled nursing facilities. Family members trust that the providers of services are taking measures to improve the safety of their loved ones and this article specifically addresses this. More than one-third of adults over age 65 fall each year. Falls can cause bone fractures, disability, and even death. Among people 75 and older, falls are far more likely to cause admissions into a long-term care facility than for adults 10 years younger, Federal data show (New Tools, 2013). It is hard for staff to be attentive to all patients that need side-by-side care from employees so that the risk of falls lowers, however; hospitals and agencies need to make the effort. A new toolkit from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) focuses on the challenges that hospitals face as they try to develop and sustain a fall-prevention program. In addition to helping hospitals gain support for this process, the toolkit describes the steps that organizations can take to put the best fall-prevention strategies into practice (New Tools, 2013). The idea that a death from a fall can be prevented should be motivations enough for organizations to take action. Family members in this situation are quick to blame the employee of the facility who may have been responsible if a patient is left unattended. Many patients that are frail and also have other ailments including Alzheimer’s make their condition even more fragile. If something is to happen, the likelihood of recouping from a fall would most likely result in death as most are not strong enough to survive surgeries. Another program is an AHRQ-funded project (PDF File, Plugin Software Help) from a Wisconsin health system, a health technology company, and a university-based school of nursing. They developed a computerized program with four individual care plans, based on patients' risk for a fall and their ability to follow instructions on how to prevent one (New Tools. 2013). This will ensure that staff including nurses know the patients and are prepared for the level of a patient’s condition and know how to treat them. Each patient must be treated differently as their condition of severity may be different. The care given can prevent accidents from happening so that the risk of falls in zero. First off, making sure they are carefully watched the first time they get out of bed after surgery or a procedure and also making sure they or a family member understand the need to call and wait for help before doing something that could cause a fall is necessary. Secondly, helping them identify hazards or behaviors that make a fall more likely along with