About CDC’s STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, & Injuries) Initiative
CDC’s Injury Center created this initiative, expressly for you—healthcare providers who treat older adults who are at risk of falling, or who may have fallen in the past.
As a healthcare provider, you are already aware that falls are a serious threat to the health and well-being of your older patients. More than one out of four people 65 and older falls each year, and over 3 million are treated in emergency departments annually for fall injuries. You play an important role in caring for older adults and you can help reduce these devastating injuries.
The STEADI Initiative offers a coordinated approach to implementing the American and British Geriatrics Societies’ Clinical Practice GuidelineExternal for fall prevention. STEADI consists of three core elements:
Screen patients for fall risk, Assess modifiable risk factors, and Intervene to reduce risk by using effective clinical and community strategies. Combined, these elements can have a substantial impact on reducing falls, improving health outcomes, and reducing healthcare expenditures.
To help you integrate these three elements into your clinical work flow, STEADI includes a suite of tools and resources. These resources include basic information about falls, screening options, case studies, conversation starters, information on medications linked to falls, standardized gait and balance assessment tests, along with online trainings that offer continuing education. There are educational brochures about fall prevention specifically designed for your patients and their caregivers. In addition, some electronic health record systems have adopted STEADI, making it easier for you to identify high-risk patients, screen them for falls, and update the patient’s medical chart.
We hope that the STEADI Initiative will help you incorporate fall prevention into your clinical practice, and enhance your older patient’s ability to stay healthy and independent.
Grant Baldwin, PhD, MPH
Director of the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention
CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control