Key Opinion Leader to Present on Gerontological Patient Fall Prevention

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Acute-care rehab unit demonstrates significant gains in fall prevention and injury reduction as a result of staff re-education and solution implementation; best-practice protocol to be presented to nursing audience October 11th in St. Louis during the NGNA convention.

We admire the work of Ms. Korem, and her efforts in the field of fall prevention have shown that a well-coordinated program can dramatically reduce falls and injuries. We are proud that our products contribute to fall-prevention programs in hospitals around the world.

The Posey Company, a leader in the design and manufacture of innovative and reliable patient safety solutions, today announced it is providing educational grant support for an upcoming session on Fall Prevention at the National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) convention, occurring October 8-11, 2009 at the Marriott St. Louis Union Station, in St. Louis Missouri.

The NGNA meets annually to facilitate knowledge exchange and improved outcomes in gerontological patient nursing. This year's annual session, NGNA 2009: Gateway to a New Age, includes presentations by key opinion leaders in gerontological patient care, including in acute-care, long-term care, and home-care settings. Patient fall, gait, and mobility management continues to be a key topic area for presenters.

Injury as a result of a fall remains a leading cause of death in older U.S. adults. And the medical cost of falls is estimated in the billions annually. The matter is so critical that the federal government requested Congress dedicate millions to help educate the public about the risk of falls and fall prevention.

Fall prevention is listed in the National Patient Safety Goals for hospitals and is cited as a nurse-sensitive indicator. Patient falls are of particular concern in acute-care settings, commonly a result of a confluence of factors including unfamiliar patient environment, patient immobility or disorientation, as well as reduced staff protocol awareness.

Karen Korem, MA, RN-BC, is the author of a study on gerontological patient fall prevention in an acute-care setting. Ms. Korem is Geriatric Nurse Clinician at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois. A member of the NGNA, Ms. Korem has a master's degree in Gerontology and is a certified Gerontological nurse. Ms. Korem will present her clinical findings at the session, "Fall Prevention in an Acute Rehab Unit." The session will take place from 7-8am on Sunday, October 11, 2009, at the Marriott St. Louis facilities.

Regarding her work, Ms. Korem said, "The rehab unit decreased fall severity rates significantly, limiting occurrences to 18% of pre-study rates. We achieved our goal simply by intensively reviewing protocols as well as leveraging a combination of less-restrictive interventions, including bed enclosures, fall mats, and toilet sensors. Acute-care hospital fall teams can achieve similar improvements by following similar patient fall-protection methodologies."

Ernie Posey, CEO and President of the Posey Company, said, "We admire the work of Ms. Korem, and her efforts in the field of fall prevention have shown that a well-coordinated program can dramatically reduce falls and injuries. We are proud that our products contribute to fall-prevention programs in hospitals around the world."

The Posey Company will be exhibiting at the St. Louis event, NGNA 2009: Gateway to a New Age. On display will be an array of Posey Company alarm and sensor products, the Posey StaySafe™ Bed enclosure, as well as skin sleeve and other patient solutions.

About Posey Company
Posey Company delivers innovative patient safety solutions--including products and in-service support for fall management, bed safety, wound prevention, wheelchair seating, and restraint--to hospitals, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, and in-home care providers. Our offerings create care advantages for a wide variety of patients from pediatrics to adults, for brain injury, stroke, and even dementia patients. The company is headquartered in California and operates globally. Visit http://www.posey.com for more information.

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