To counteract the inevitable risk of dangerous falls, health care facilities must face the challenge of implementing an effective falls prevention program—an effort that consumes extensive time, planning, and teamwork. On July 19, 2006, ECRI (www.ecri.org), a nonprofit agency, will host a Web conference that will feature perspectives and advice on this topic—that affects all occupants of health care facilities—from nationally recognized falls-prevention experts.

The Web conference, Focus on Falls: Prevention Strategies in Healthcare Settings, is scheduled for July 19, 2006, from 1 to 2:30 pm EDT (12 to 1:30 pm CDT, 11 am to 12:30 pm MDT, 10 to 11:30 am PDT). Expert speakers will share insight on implementing an interdisciplinary program to manage falls, and participants will be invited to ask questions. Speakers will:

• Discuss assessment of patients and/or residents for fall risk and appropriate interventions

• Provide guidance on steps to take in a postfall assessment

• Share case studies of fall prevention programs from acute and long-term care settings

This educational offering has been reviewed by the National Continuing Education Review Service of the National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long Term Care Administrators and approved for 1.0 clock hours and 1.0 participant hours (Program Approval Number: 1972006-22873-1), as well as for 1.0 resident care hours by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (Program Approval Number: PA20985) pending successful posttest completion.

The registration fee is $199 for members of ECRI’s SELECTplus™ program, Health Devices System, Health Devices Gold, Healthcare Risk Control System, Continuing Care Risk Management System, Healthcare Hazard Control System, or Operating Room Risk Management System and $229 for nonmembers. The registration deadline is July 14. Visit ECRI’s falls prevention Web conference page to register.