It’s Fall Prevention Awareness Week and the OctariusRx team is recognizing and helping to spread the word on behalf of the National Council on Aging (NCOA).
There are many factors that impact our risk of falls, but it’s important to remember that falling is NOT a normal part of aging. Join us the week of Sept. 18-22 in a nationwide effort to prevent falls among older adults.
Falls can happen to patients at home or in a healthcare setting such as nursing homes or ambulatory surgery centers. Regardless of location, they have a devastating impact on a patient’s health. This week we raise awareness for and give guidance on ways to minimize falls.
According to the NCOA, falls not only increase the likelihood of patient injury, but they also take a heavy toll on quality of life. Patients who have fallen or fear falling will often alter their routines. These altered routines often mean limiting activities or social interactions. This can lead to further physical decline, depression, social isolation, and feelings of helplessness.
The effects of surgery, anesthesia, and pain medications can impact patients’ balance and mobility and can put them at increased risk for falling. Most falls are caused by a combination of risk factors. The more risk factors a person has, the greater their chances of falling.
What are some steps facilities can take to reduce fall risk?
This week our clients will be getting a list of steps they can take to reduce the risk of falls. We are always thinking of patient safety but hope you will take this week to focus specifically on the risk of falls, whether personal or for the patients you serve. If we can help you in any way, contact us for a free consultation.
The Consultant Pharmacists at OctariusRx provide guidance on safe medication management, survey readiness and cost savings to ambulatory healthcare facilities/surgery centers, senior care facilities and pharmacies. We also help individual patients optimize their medications to improve their quality of life and save money. Contact us for assistance.