Freda's Fall

Learning Outcomes for Freda's Fall E-Learning

  1. Describe the risk factors associated with falls.
  2. Describe the different assessment tools that can be used to predict and support the management of people who have had a fall.
  3. Describe how to recognise those at risk of falls.
  4. Describe the interventions and support that can be offered to a patient who has fallen.
  5. Describe the roles of different healthcare professionals in the prevention and management of falls.
  6. Describe outcome measures used for falls.
  7. Identify ways to promote self-management in those with a history falls.
  8. Critically appraise your approach and management of falls.


Freda has fallen
Days 1 and 2.  The events leading up to Freda's fall. We meet Freda, her dog Harry, and her grandson, Max. We see Freda's house and how she lives. She has a fall in her kitchen and is discovered on the floor several hours later by her grandson, who calls the emergency services.
The paramedics attend Freda
Day 2.  The paramedics arrive. They check Freda over and get her into a chair. They run through their Falls Decision Tool and find a 'red flag'; they therefore take Freda to hospital.
Freda in a hospital bed, attended by a nurse
Day 3.  Freda is in the Medical Assessment Unit (MAU) of her local hospital following her fall.  It's now the following morning and she is seen and assessed by a nurse, a consultant in elderly medicine, and an occupational therapist. They find nothing acute wrong with Freda, but the consultant makes a change to Freda's regular medication, and the occupational therapist gives advice and makes some recommendations and referrals.
Freda back at home
Days 8-12.  Freda is back at home a few days later. We see some of the changes that have been put in place, but also some issues that still need to be dealt-with. Freda has visits from a re-ablement worker and a community physiotherapist, and attends an appointment with her GP.

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