Inna Tsuker Discusses a Team Approach to Preventing Falls

May 25, 2016
Inna Tsuker, PharmD, BCPS

Inna Tsuker, PharmD, BCPS, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, discusses a team-based approach implemented to prevent patients with cancer from falling.

Inna Tsuker, PharmD, BCPS, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, discusses a team-based approach implemented to prevent patients with cancer from falling.

The fall prevention project had two parts. The first was education, where pharmacists like Tsuker worked to help nurses better understand which drugs may lead to falls and how each drug works. The team then worked on a prevention plan.

The next step was pharmacy intervention and recommendation, where the team updated the screening tool to score each patient’s fall risk. Healthcare providers could then be sure to carefully watch those with higher risk, thus preventing falls.