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Health Outcomes from Implementing Older Adult Fall Prevention in Primary Care

Clinical Fall Prevention can reduce fall-related hospitalizations. The CDC Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, & Injuries (STEADI) initiative encourages healthcare providers to screen, assess, and intervene to reduce older patient’s fall risk factors. A new study, published in The Gerontologist, found that a STEADI-based fall prevention program reduced future fall-related hospitalizations. Fewer hospitalizations means better health for older Americans.

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2018

  • Johnston YA, Bergen G, Bauer M, Parker EM, Wentworth L, McFadden M, Reome C, Garnett M. Implementation of the Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries Initiative (STEADI) in Primary Care:  An Outcome Evaluation. Gerontologist (GERONT), 2018. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gny101
  • Stevens JA, Lee R. The Potential to Reduce Falls and Avert Costs by Clinically Managing Fall Risk. The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM). Am J Prev Med 2018;55(3):290-297. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2018.04.035
  • Haddad YK, Bergen G, Luo F. Reducing Fall Risk in Older Adults. The American Journal of Nursing (AJN). July 2018; 118(7):21-22. doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000541429.36218.2d
  • Haddad YK, Bergen G, Florence CS. Estimating the Economic Burden Related to Older Adult Falls by State. The Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (JPHMP), May 2018, DOI: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000816
  • Florence CS, Bergen G, Atherly A, Burns ER, Stevens JA, Drake C. Medical Costs of Fatal and Nonfatal Falls in Older Adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2018 March, DOI:10.1111/jgs.15304

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Stand STEADI: Leveraging Health Department Data for Community Fall Prevention

Falls among older adults are not inevitable—they’re preventable. The Baltimore City Health Department is using data to identify communities in need, and working with partners to bring effective fall prevention strategies to those neighborhoods.

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Stand STEADI: Fall Prevention in a Geriatric Emergency Department

Geriatric Emergency Departments have undergone a new standard for improved care, thanks to recently-created guidelines and criteria. Injuries that were once treated are now prevented. Learn how St. Joseph’s Health prevents falls among older adults.

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CDC Expert Commentary

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Are You Asking Older Adult Patients the Right Questions?

By asking three simple questions and taking action—when needed—you can reduce the risk of falling.

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Older Adult Falls: A Growing Burden. STEADI: Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries. 2014: 46M total older adults, 7M injuries, 29M falls. 2030: 74M total older adults, 12M injuries, 49M falls

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