Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed and launched a comprehensive elder falls toolkit for clinicians called Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries or STEADI.
Researchers at CDC’s Injury Center have created this tool kit expressly for you—health care providers who treat older adults who are at risk of falling or who may have fallen in the past. The following is a message from the CDC:
As a health care provider, you are already aware that falls are a serious threat to the health and well being of your older patients. One out of three people 65 and older falls each year, and over two 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 Tool Kit contains resources and tools that will help make fall prevention an integral part of your clinical practice.
The STEADI Tool Kit is based on a simple algorithm (adapted from the American and British Geriatric Societies’ Clinical Practice Guideline). It includes basic information about falls, case studies, conversation starters , and standardized gait and balance assessment tests (with instructional videos). In addition, there are educational handouts about fall prevention specifically designed for patients and their friends and family.
We hope that the STEADI Tool Kit will help you incorporate fall risk assessment and fall prevention into your clinical practice, and enhance your efforts to help older adults stay healthy and independent.
STEADI Materials for Health Care Providers
(Note: Please click the individual tabs at the CDC health care provider landing page for the appropriate information you wish to review: Tools, Tests, Falls Information, Case Studies, Referral Forms and Posters)
- Triage Your Patients Based on Fall Risk This tool walks health care providers through assessing a patient’s fall risk, educating patients, selecting interventions, and following up.
- Stay Independent This brochure offers a checklist that patients can use to check their risk of falling.
- Prevent Falls in Older Patients, Provider Pocket Guide This small, easy-to-use tool walks health care providers through key points of fall prevention.
- See Your Patient’s Risk at a Glance This checklist allows health care providers to summarize an older patient’s fall risk.
- Integrate Fall Prevention into Your Practice This wall chart helps health care providers determine who in their practice will be responsible for conducting fall risk assessments, delivering interventions, and providing education to older patients.
- Talk about Fall Prevention with Your Patients This document can help health care providers comfortably talk about fall prevention with patients.
Background Information About Falls
Validated Tests to Assess Your Patient’s Falls Risk Factors
- The Timed Up and Go (TUG) Test Use this test to assess a patient’s mobility. See our simple instructions, and watch the short video on how to conduct the test.
- The 30-Second Chair Stand Test 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.
- The 4-Stage Balance Test Use this test to assess a patient’s balance. See our simple instructions, and watch the short video on how to conduct the test.
- Measuring Orthostatic Blood Pressure Use this tool to determine if a patient may have postural hypotension.
Offer Your Patients Encouragement, Resources & Referrals
- Patient Referral Form 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.
- Stay Independent Give this brochure to patients to help them to check their risk of falling.
- Chair Rise Exercise Recommend this simple exercise to your older patients to help improve their thigh and buttock strength and to reduce their fall risk.
- Postural Hypotension, What It Is and How to Manage It Use this brochure to teach patients how to manage their postural hypotension.
- What YOU Can Do to Prevent Falls Use this brochure to help patients learn how to reduce their chances of falling.
- Check for Safety: A Home Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults Encourage patients to use this checklist to help identify and eliminate fall hazards in their home.