How to Transition to an Alarm-Free Facility Without Compromising Resident Safety - On-Demand

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How to Transition to an Alarm-Free Facility Without Compromising Resident Safety - On-Demand

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Available ON-DEMAND

Presented on:
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

(This is a rebroadcast of a webinar that originally aired on Tuesday, September 12, 2017)

Presented by:
Stefanie Corbett, DHA, Post-Acute Regulatory Specialist

Level of Program:

The use of alarms to reduce falls in SNFs has been scrutinized for years. Resident advocates and SNF regulators speculate that alarms will eventually be phased out as regulations continue to evolve and the industry fully embraces the modern, homelike SNF model. In October 2017, alarms were added to Section P of the Minimum Data Set (MDS), requiring providers to report alarm use for each resident. Surveyors will be able to use MDS data to determine whether alarms are being used as intended—for resident safety, not staff convenience.

Join expert speaker Stefanie Corbett, DHA, as she helps participants comply with federal regulations regarding alarm use. Corbett will explain industry trends, best practices for falls reduction and eliminating alarm use, and strategies for changing your organization’s culture.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand federal regulations and MDS changes concerning alarms
  • Educate and train staff on alarm-free falls reduction interventions 
  • Conduct root cause analyses to determine the reason for resident falls
  • Develop QAPI programs to evaluate processes and strategies for falls reduction
  • Introduce culture change through eliminating alarms

Who Should Listen?

  • Nursing home administrators
  • Nursing management and administration, including directors of nursing
  • Licensed therapists


  • Review regulations regarding the use of alarms in nursing homes, including:
    • §483.10(e) Respect and Dignity
    • §483.12(a)(2) Freedom from Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation
    • F242 Self-Determination and Participation 
    • F250 Environment
    • F240 Quality of Life
    • F309 Quality of Care
    • F272 Resident Assessment
    • F279 Comprehensive Care Plan
    • F353 Sufficient Staff
  • Discuss MDS changes regarding the use of alarms in nursing homes (effective October 2017) and coding for items added under new Section P0200 (Alarms), including:
    • Bed alarms
    • Chair alarms
    • Floor mat alarms
    • Motion sensor alarms
    • Wander/elopement alarms
    • Other alarms
  • Share data and case studies that support the need for eliminating alarms, along with the risk factors associated with alarm use, including:
    • Serious physical ramifications, such as increased incidences of incontinence, new or worsened pressure injuries, and reduced independence with ADLs
    • Negative effects on residents’ rights and emotional well-being
    • The misconception that alarms are a proactive device, rather than a reactive device
    • Root cause analyses of resident incidents and accidents
  • Explain how to implement evidence-based strategies for safely and effectively reducing falls with alternative interventions, including: 
    • Individualized nursing and rehabilitation care plans
    • Resident engagement and individualized therapeutic activity programs 
    • Increased staff surveillance
  • Review strategic action steps for implementing culture change through alarms elimination, including how to:
    • Educate and obtain buy-in from staff and family members
    • Use QAPI to analyze falls management processes, assess the effectiveness of a falls management program, and identify your facility’s problem areas
    • Strategically phase out alarm use


  • Assessment tool for determining the root causes of resident falls
  • Action steps for implementing an alarms elimination process 
  • Performance Improvement Project (PIP) worksheet to set goals for alarm elimination and falls prevention

Meet the Speaker

Stefanie Corbett, DHAStefanie Corbett, DHA, is H3.Group’s new postacute regulatory specialist. Corbett has served in various senior leadership roles in postacute care organizations. She founded a healthcare consulting firm based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2014 to assist postacute care organizations with regulatory compliance and operations management.

Previously, Corbett served as the deputy director of health regulation for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, where she was responsible for overseeing the promulgation and enforcement of healthcare regulations at all licensed healthcare facilities/agencies across the state. In addition to working as an entrepreneur and in the private/public sectors, Corbett has taught as an assistant professor in university healthcare administration programs.

Webinar system requirements and program materials: 

To fully benefit from the webinar experience, please note you will need a computer equipped with the following: 

Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari, with JavaScript enabled 
Internet: 56K or faster Internet connection (high-speed connection recommended) 
Streaming: for audio/video streaming, Adobe Flash plug-in or Safari browser on iOS devices 

Prior to the webinar, you will receive an email with detailed system requirements, your login information, presentation slides, and other materials that you can print and distribute to all attendees at your location. 

No problem. The On-Demand version is now available. Use it as a training tool at your convenience—whenever your new or existing staff need a refresher or need to understand a new concept. Play it once or dozens of times. A $199 value! 

Participation in the webinar is just $199 per site. All materials must be retrieved from the Internet. 

Call your customer service representative toll-free 800-650-6787 or email if you have questions.