Preventing Nursing Liability By Preventing Patient Falls

Program Description

Analyzing malpractice cases can illuminate the many risk factors that contribute to patient falls. This course examines what actions nurses and other caregivers can take to prevent the recurring problem of patient falls. Through interactive exercises learners analyze facts and circumstances that lead to patient falls and identify steps that can reduce falls and injuries.


After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Educate colleagues and other healthcare providers about factors that contribute to patient falls as identified by analyses of malpractice claims.
  • Assess patients on admission and after treatment interventions or changes in their condition that increase the risk of falling
  • Renew policies and procedures to address patient, staff, and environmental factors that may prevent patient injuries


No individual in a position to control or influence the content of this activity has reported relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. No commercial support was provided for this activity. 

Course Developer

Julie Brightwell, Director, BSN, JD, RN, CPHRM, Director, Hospital and Facility Patient Safety, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company. 

Julie Hopkins, MA, MBA, Director, Continuing Medical Education, Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company

Continuing Education Credit

The Doctors Company is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical educational activities for physicians.

The Doctors Company designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Doctors Company estimates one hour for completion of this course. A passing score of 80 percent or greater is required to successfully complete the activity and earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Course ID#: TDE 18010.0
Issue Date for This Activity: 12/11/2018
Expiration Date for This Activity: 12/11/2021


The information and guidelines contained in this enduring material activity are generalized and may not apply to all practice situations. The faculty recommends that legal advice be obtained from a qualified attorney for specific application to your practice. The information is intended for educational purposes only.

Complies with State Requirements

Please SEE the Federation of State Medical Boards overview of Continuing Medical Education requirements by State. 

Technical Requirements

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