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STEADI - Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries

STEADI Materials for Healthcare Providers

Preventing Falls in Older Patients. STEADI: StoppIng Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries

As a healthcare provider, you are already aware that falls are a serious threat to the health and well-being of your older patients. You play an important role in caring for older adults, and you can help reduce these devastating injuries.

The CDC’s STEADI initiative offers a coordinated approach to implementing the American and British Geriatrics Societies’ clinical practice guideline for fall prevention. STEADI consists of three core elements: Screen, Assess, and Intervene to reduce fall risk by giving older adults tailored interventions.

Educational materials specifically designed for older adults, their friends, and family are also included. See the list of materials included in the STEADI Toolkit.

Algorithm for Fall Risk Screening, Assessment, and Intervention

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This tool walks healthcare providers through assessing a patient’s fall risk, educating patients, selecting interventions, and following up.

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Preventing Falls in Older Patients: Provider Pocket Guide

Stay Independent Brochure

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Offers a checklist providers and patients can use to check for risk of falling.

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SAFE Medication Review Framework

Risk Factors for Falls

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Learn which modifiable risk factors you should focus on first to prevent falls among your patients.

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Take Steps to Prevent Older Adult Falls

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Take steps to prevent falls and help your patients stay healthy, active, and independent longer.

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30-Second Chair Stand Test

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Use this test to assess a patient’s leg strength and endurance. See our simple instructions, and watch the short video on how to conduct the test.

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Watch How to Conduct the Test (2:08)

4-Stage Balance Test

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Use this test to assess a patient’s balance. See our simple instructions, and watch the short video on how to conduct the test.

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Watch How to Conduct the Test (2:06)

Timed Up and Go (TUG) Test

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Use this test to assess a patient’s mobility. See our simple instructions, and watch the short video on how to conduct the test.

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Watch How to Conduct the Test (1:28)

Measuring Orthostatic Blood Pressure

Talking to Your Patients

Talking about Fall Prevention with Your Patients

Fall Risk Checklist

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This checklist allows healthcare providers to summarize an older patient’s fall risk.

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Fall Prevention Patient Referral Form

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Use this form to refer a patient to a specialist for gait and mobility problems or for other medical problems that may increase his or her risk of falling.

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Integrating Fall Prevention into Practice

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This wall chart helps healthcare providers determine who in their practice will be responsible for conducting fall risk assessments, delivering interventions, and providing education to older patients.

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Recommended Programs Form

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Use this form to recommend community programs to your older patients to increase their strength and balance. An example of such a program is Tai Chi.

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Case Studies

Case Study: Mrs. Booker

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Mrs. Booker, a low-risk patient who has come in for a wellness visit.

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Case Study: Mr. Ying

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Mr. Ying, a medium-risk patient who has been limiting his activities.

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Case Study: Mrs. Parker


Train today! Pharmacists: keep your older patients independent! cdc.gov APhA

 

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