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.
(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)