2E: Fall Knowledge Test
purpose of this tool is to assess general staff knowledge on fall prevention.
from Singapore Ministry of Health Nursing Clinical Practice Guidelines on
Prevention of Falls in Hospitals and Long Term Care Institutions and subsequent
version by Dr. Serena Koh. Previously used in Koh SLS. Singapore Med J 2009;50(4):425.
Original may be found at www.moh.gov.sg/content/dam/moh_web/HPP/Nurses/cpg_nursing/2005/prevention_of_falls_in_hosp_ltc_institutiions.pdf [Plugin Software Help] .
How to use this tool:
Administer the questionnaire to staff nurses and nursing assistants. The survey
may need to be modified if certain questions are not consistent with your
policies and procedures, or for the needs of specific hospital units.
Use the findings to assess
gaps in knowledge. Work with your education department to tailor specific
education programs to the needs of your staff.
Fall Knowledge Test
Each question may have more than one option as the
Please circle the letters that correspond to the correct
Which of the following statements is correct?
have multifactorial etiology, so fall prevention programs should comprise
review of medication can help to prevent patient falls.
risk of falling will be lessened when a patient's toileting needs are met.
use of antipsychotic medications is associated with an increased risk of falls
in older adults.
A multifaceted intervention program should include:
fall prevention strategies.
to patient/family and health care workers.
Risk factors for falls in the acute hospital include all of the
mobility from stroke disease.
Which of the following statements is true?
cause of a fall is often an interaction between patient's risk, the environment,
and patient risk behavior.
in hazardous environments increases the risk of falls.
use of a patient identifier (e.g., identification bracelet) helps to highlight
to staff those patients at risk for falls.
fall risk assessment should include review of history of falls, mobility
problems, medications, mental status, continence, and other patient risks.
Patients with impaired mobility should be:
to mobilize with assistance.
for exercise program or prescription of walking aids as appropriate.
The management of the acutely confused patient should include all
of the following except:
patients away from the nursing station.
family members to sit with the patient.
patients to the hospital environment.
activity limits to patients and their families.
Which of the following statements is false?
prevention efforts are solely the nurses' responsibility.
patient who is taking four or more oral medications is at risk for falling.
patient who is taking psychotropic medication is at higher risk for falling.
or treatment for osteoporosis should be considered in patients who are at high
risk for falls and fractures.
In hospital settings, intervention programs should include:
education on fall precautions.
and maintenance of mobility aids.
analysis and problem-solving strategy.
alarms for all patients, regardless of risk.
When assessing patients, which of the following statements is false?
patients should be assessed for fall risk factors at admission, at a change in
status, after a fall, and at regular intervals.
review should be included in the assessment.
patients should have their activities of daily living and mobility assessed.
assessment is not important in the hospital as it is all standardized.
factors for falls include:
history of falls.
programs for ambulatory older adults should:
individualized strength and balance training.
of the following statements on education in fall prevention is false?
programs should target primarily health care providers, patients, and
programs for staff should include the importance of fall prevention, risk
factors for falls, strategies to reduce falls, and transfer techniques.
on safe mobility, with emphasis on high-risk patients, should be provided to
both patients and families.
should only be given at the start of the fall prevention program.
of the following is recommended to improve patient safety?
wheeled furniture when it is stationary.
frequently used items (including call bell, telephone, and remote control)
within reach of the patient.
hourly to address patient needs.
A, B, C.
A, B, C, D.
A, B, C, D.
B, C, D.
A, B, C.
A, B, C, D.
A, B, C, D.
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