Clinical guidelines for fall prevention

 
Health care providers can help reduce their patients’ chances of falling and of suffering serious injuries like hip fractures and traumatic brain injury. Evidence-based programs are taking place in the community and agencies are working together to make it easy for you to refer your patients to those programs.
 
0.1 CEU/CE; 1 CHES; 1 CNE Contact Hours; 2 CPHCE; 1 ACCME: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
  • This training is now available on CDC TRAIN. Search the keyword “STEADI” to launch the training after creating an account or logging into an existing account.
In coordination with the White House event, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is showcasing the continuing work being done to protect older adults from injury and death from falls. Every 13 seconds an older adult is treated in an Emergency Department (ED) for injuries due to a fall in the United States. Every 20 minutes, an older adult dies from one of these falls. To help prevent these occurrences, CDC created the STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries) initiative.
 
Now STEADI is available online as an interactive clinical training, to give health care providers the tools needed to make fall screening, assessment, and intervention part of every clinical practice serving older adults. The content is based on established clinical guidelines and proven interventions aimed at reducing falls in older Americans, so they can stay healthy, active, and independent longer.
 
Contact us for more information on STEADI and fall prevention for older adults.

How to prevent your older patients from falling:
  • Refer them to exercise classes in their community  it can be as easy as handing them a card provided to you by us and asking them to call the Fall Prevention Network or the local Area Agency on Aging (AAA). You can also fax a referral form to the Fall Prevention Network, where a counselor will work directly with your patient. Up-to-date searchable lists of available fall prevention classes are on the Fall Prevention Network website. You can access that list during appointments and send the list home with your patients.
  • Contact us for resources on fall prevention and to qualify for the benefits of introducing fall prevention into your practice.
  • Use the Centers for Disease Control’s STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths and Injuries) tool kit, which contains resources and tools that will help make fall prevention an integral part of your wellness visits.

Benefits to implementing falls prevention
  • Meet requirements for PQRS and Meaningful Use.
  • Qualify to earn 20 Part IV ABIM/ABFM credits.
  • Use the Fall Prevention Network to connect patients with evidence-based prevention programs.
  • Be recognized as a Violence and Injury Prevention Champion by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information on the STEADI tool kit, instructional videos and a webinar about the development and implementation of the STEADI tool kit.