Ongoing CNA Training
Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) provide critical support to the staff of hospitals, nursing homes, and outpatient clinics. One of the primary duties of a CNA is to keep patients under their care safe from injury caused by accidents. Unfortunately, accidents are not uncommon in facilities responsible for caring for sick, recovering, or elderly patients. To reduce patient fall numbers, a new CNA training program has been created that focuses on assessment, education, and intervention.
Assessment CNA Training
Assessment is the first stage of the new CNA training program designed to drastically reduce the number of patient falls that occur while a patient is under medical care. The assessment process helps a CNA identify which new patient is at a higher risk of being involved in a fall. During this stage a CNA can give staff members a chance to prepare for accidents by telling other care takers about the patients higher probability of being involved in a fall.
New CNA Training Educates Staff and Visitors
After a patient has been identified as a possible a fall risk, the new CNA training program works to educate all those who are directly responsible for the care of the patient. This includes dieticians, nurses, and physical therapists. During the education period all those who will interact with the patient are taught how to respond.
Caregivers are shown how to recognize potential hazards that could cause a fall and possibly avoid an accident all together. In addition to learning how to recognize and avoid hazards, staff are shown where alarms are located in a patients room. Most health systems also establish a private code that is announced over the building’s intercom system to call help to a specific location without alarming visitors and other residents.
Education goes beyond additional CNA training, the family and friends of a patient are made aware of a patient’s risk of injury because of a fall. The injury caused by a fall can affect all those involved in the patient’s life, and understanding how they can help prevent a fall will make a patient’s relatives and visitors more diligent. Giving handouts to visitors or having patient’s primary care taker talk to visitors helps make those people who are part of a patient’s recovery aware of the danger.
Knowing When to Intervene
CNA training teaches a CNA when and how to use intervention to reduce the number of patient falls in a facility. In many situations, a patient is encouraged to care for themselves and intervention requires a CNA to recognize when a patient should be given additional help. Patient care needs that have a higher risk of accident such as bathing and using the restroom may require an intervention.
The new training provided to CNAs teaches a CNA when to intervene in a patient’s daily routine. A CNA must know when to act to protect a patient from accident, and when to allow a patient to care for herself in order to speed recovery and promote independence. By combining admission assessments, education programs, and intervention the new CNA training program will decrease the number of patient falls while they are under medical care.
In order to increase your skills and continue to be a valuable team member, consider CNA training such as this new program.