How will a home safety evaluation benefit your geriatric patient?
Geriatric patient in the Emergency Department, physician considering the patient’s safety in light of a possible home discharge.
List patient factors to consider when deciding if an elderly patient discharging to home from the emergency department will benefit from a home safety evaluation, and describe what occurs during that evaluation process.
- List safety hazards that are assessed in an elderly patient home safety evaluation (What)
- List the 4 patient domains to consider when determining whether an elderly patient is “safe” to return home after their visit to the emergency department. (Who)
- Explain the processes for ordering and reimbursement of a home safety evaluation (How)
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- Check for Safety: A Home Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults. http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Falls/CheckListForSafety.html
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Users are free to download and distribute Geriatric Fast Facts for informational, educational, and research purposes only. Citation: Kathryn Denson MD, Judi Rehm, Coleen Crowe MD, Bambi Wessel, Fast Fact #22: Geriatric Home Safety Evaluation: Can I send this patient home? January, 2013.
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