SPLAT blog Friday
The job of the aging professional or geriatric care manager is often to be the messenger. When you assess a client and find problems like falls you report the falls to the primary physician. This is being the messenger.
How do you code the message about a fall?
I mention SPLAT in my You Tube Video on Mobility and Falls SPLAT is an acronym to document falls. This can be used by a geriatric care manager or other aging professional
Symptoms -When you visit the client and they report a fall- what were the symptoms, before the falls such as lightheadedness-
Previous- Ask if they had previous falls
Location of the fall.
Activity- ask what they doing previous to the fall
T- Time of the fall.
After you document a fall, the next step is to report the fall to the older person’s primary physician. Dr. Dr. Alicia Arbaje from Johns Hopkins Medicine discussed the effects of elderly falls as well as how they can be prevented. Watch her You Tube on Falls and learn more