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 the St. Joseph’s Healthcare System prevents falls among older adults.
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.
Pharmacists are on the front lines, serving older Americans across the United States. This creates a prime opportunity for pharmacists to communicate important health information to patients. To help pharmacists prevent falls in older adults, the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and the National Council of Aging developed a falls risk reduction toolkit as a companion to CDC’s STEADI Toolkit.
Dr. Taylor, a professor in Mercer University’s Physical Therapy Department, added STEADI to his course curriculum. As a result, 114 Doctor of Physical Therapy students have been trained to use STEADI; 76 have completed the STEADI online training module; and many have shared STEADI with the practices they joined as part of their clinical training.
Successful implementation of the STEADI workflow and electronic health record tools at the Oregon Health and Science University clinic had a national impact with the 2015 release of a clinical program that provides instructions on how to incorporate STEADI into any health system using the Epic EHR system.
The Rees-Jones Trauma Center at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas integrated components of STEADI into its fall prevention program in 2012. Using STEADI’s evidence-based approach in hospital-based settings can significantly improve injury prevention programs, improve patient outcomes, and prevent falls in older adults.