Background/Purpose: The purpose of this project was to determine if the Berg Balance Scale was useful in predicting a persons fall risk when compared to other standardized assessment tools. • Case: The case is about a woman encountered in the hospital who had recently experienced multiple hospital admissions. One key characteristic of her admission was she had been experiencing falls. Each time she would be discharged home without any intervention being made because she had a lot of medical equipment to help her function in her home. It is to be noted that hyperkinetic cranial and facial movements were demonstrated by the individual and this was also noted by another therapist in a previous hospital admission. • Outcomes: The patient was categorized as moderate fall in multiple fall risk assessments. She stayed in the hospital over a period of a week, until she was discharged to a skilled nursing facility to receive therapy. While admitted in acute care, she was determined to have the onset of Huntington's disease. • Discussion: This case was provoking of the thought that previous therapists could have used standardized fall risk assessments to make a different disposition recommendation that would have got the patient the services and interventions that she needed and would have decreased the time and money spent on the numerous hospitalizations prior to this one.
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physical therapy, clinical decision making, fall risk
Valdez, Anthony. "The Role of Fall Risk Assessment in Clinical Decision Making While Managing a Patient with Multiple Hospital Admissions. A Case Study." (2014). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/dpt/38