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Falls prevention

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This interprofessional learning through simulation resource package consists of two components: an audiovisual resource and a supporting facilitator manual. In order to optimise the learning opportunities from this package it is recommended that participants are firstly introduced to the concepts of interprofessional learning and human factors in health care.

The audiovisual resource consists of two scenarios, the first demonstrating sub-optimal performance of the healthcare team, with the second demonstrating more effective performance, improving the patient experience. The package has been created in a format to enable flexibility in its application depending on the educational setting.

Recommended format

  1. Facilitator guided discussion around the concepts of interprofessional learning and human factors in health care.
  2. View segments 1 and 2 of the audiovisual resource ‘Transfer to a new aged care facility’ and ‘Following the fall’.
  3. Facilitator guided discussion around the scenario specific learning competency areas (samples given within manual).
  4. View segment 3 of audiovisual resource ‘Defusing the situation’.
  5. Facilitator guided discussion, identifying and discussing the changes witnessed and how this resulted in an alternative outcome.

Scenario brief

Pat, an elderly lady in her 80s, moves into a new aged care facility at her son’s request so she can be closer to her family. Pat has been experiencing blurred vision but fails to mention this when she is admitted to the new facility. She is very independent but does not want to bother the staff, especially as they are very busy. Pat experiences a fall in the days following her admission.

Learning competencies

The specific learning competency areas for this scenario are:

  • Client centred care
  • Interprofessional and client centred communication
  • Reflective practice


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