Re-engineering Fall Prevention During COVID-19: Observations from the Field

This is an on-demand webinar that was recorded on a previous date. The webinar is about 1 hour in length. You will need to watch the webinar, receive a 70% or higher passing grade on a quiz, and then complete an evaluation to receive your certificate and complete this course. You will have access to this course for 1 year, starting on the purchase date.

A COVID 19 pandemic tidal wave swallowed common healthcare practices beyond expectation when hospitals fast-tracked environments into ICU isolation zones, and rehabilitation units into hybrid rehab / COVID 19 units. Care delivery systems were transformed from inpatient rehabilitation to acute-care nursing care models to intensive respiratory isolation nursing care units, where all units were locked down to stop the spread of the highly contagious virus - COVID 19. Stories from the field revealed from rehabilitation nurses revealed that care practices changed due to these demands.

This presentation acknowledges that COVID-19:

  • Is a new and emerging condition that has demonstrated wide variability in patient presentation, clinical course, and patient safety practices
  • Requires adherence to the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the health care setting that contributed to delayed staff intervention to prevent falls
  • Has necessitated rehabilitation nurses to provide care in less than optimal and unprecedented conditions to maximize independence while protecting from harm.

Engagement and observations from the rehabilitation inpatient setting across the country have yielded trends in re-engineered and repurposed clinical care processes and practices. These observed trends will be presented along with interventions to support the workflow of rehabilitation nurses, promote rehabilitation patient outcomes, and prevent falls.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe at least 3 clinical practice strategies to increase workflow during strict isolation environment
  • Apply at least 3 communication interventions to partner with patients in planning care and responding to patient needs
  • Exemplify at least 2 supplemental staffing methods to maximize interdisciplinary practice and quality improvement expectations
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  • 1.25 CNE
    ANCC The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
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Dr. Amy Hester, Chairwoman and CEO of HD Nursing, the leading edge fall and fall injury prevention program based on science. A leading provider of patient safety solutions.

Dr. Hester is a nationally recognized and published falls subject matter expert and Adjunct Faculty member, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Center for Nursing Excellence. She previously served as HD Nursing's Chief Scientific Officer and was Director of Nursing Research and Innovation at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences before retiring after 26 years of service.

Dr. Hester continues to serve as adjunct faculty for the UAMS College of Nursing and as clinician in residence for Health Tech Arkansas where she helps young startups get a footing in healthcare. In 2015, she earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing Science and has since published and spoken extensively on the subject of falls and injury prediction and prevention.


Dr. Patricia Quigley, PhD, MPH, APRN, FAAN, FAANP, FARN - President of ARN and President, Patricia A. Quigley, Nurse Consultant, LLC. Patricia A. Quigley: President of ARN and President, Patricia A. Quigley, Nurse Consultant, LLC. Dr. Quigley, a Nurse Consultant, Retired Associate Director, VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry, is both a Clinical Nurse Specialist and a Nurse Practitioner in Rehabilitation.

Her contributions to patient safety, nursing and rehabilitation are evident at a national level – with emphasis on clinical practice innovations designed to promote elders’ independence and safety. She is nationally known for her program of research in patient safety, particularly in fall prevention. The falls program research agenda continues to drive research efforts across health services and rehabilitation researchers. Presence or absence of conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content: Pat is an Independent Contractor, with HD Nursing, LLC.

None of the planners or presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Notice of requirements to receive contact hours: 1.25 Nursing Contact Hours will be awarded for individuals who participate in the full activity and complete the post-evaluation for the activity. The ability to view or accept credit for this product expires on 3/31/2024.

The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Available Credit

  • 1.25 CNE
    ANCC The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


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