viernes, 20 de marzo de 2015

CDC - STEADI - Older Adult Falls - Home and Recreational Safety - Injury Center

CDC - STEADI - Older Adult Falls - Home and Recreational Safety - Injury Center

Do You Know What 3 Questions Can Help Protect Older Adults from Falls?

CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Your Online Source for Credible Health Information

One in three older adults falls each year, yet less than half tell their health care provider. A new CDC/Medscape video commentary with CDC’s Dr. Grant Baldwin aims to help start this important conversation.

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The video, part of CDC’s STEADI initiative, highlights three questions that health care providers can integrate into routine office visits with patients 65 and older:
  1. Have you fallen in the past year?
  2. Do you feel unsteady when standing or walking?
  3. Do you worry about falling?
Using the tools in CDC’s STEADI initiative, the video then guides health care providers on screening, assessments, and proven interventions, such as:
  • Reviewing medications to ensure appropriate geriatric doses and reducing fall risk-increasing drugs.
  • Recommending Vitamin D supplements.
Why This Is Important
A fall among an older adult can lead to injuries that reduce mobility, limit social interactions, decrease physical fitness, lower quality of life, and increase the risk of early death. Through STEADI, CDC is working to educate patients and health care providers about how to help keep older adults safe from falls, so they can stay healthy, active, and independent longer.
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STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries) Tool Kit for Health Care Providers

Did you realize that one out of three people 65 and older falls each year?
The good news is that health care providers can help reduce their patients’ chances of falling and of suffering serious injuries like hip fractures and traumatic brain damage.
CDC’s Injury Center created the STEADI Tool Kit for health care providers who see older adults in their practice who are at risk of falling or who may have fallen in the past. The STEADI Tool Kit gives health care providers the information and tools they need to assess and address their older patients’ fall risk.

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STEADI: Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries
To order print copies of the STEADI Tool Kit materials, please go to the CDC-INFO on Demand Publications page and search for STEADI.

Download STEADI Tool Kit Materials

Make Fall Prevention Part of Your Practice

Get Background Information about Falls

Read Case Studies Featuring Patients at Risk of Falling

  • thumbnailCase Study 1 Adobe PDF fileMrs. Booker, a low-risk patient who has come in for a wellness visit.

  • thumbnailCase Study 2 Adobe PDF fileMr. Ying, a medium-risk patient who has been limiting his activities.

Use Validated Tests to Assess Your Patients’ Falls Risk Factors

Offer Your Patients a Medical Referral

  • thumbnailPatient Referral Form Adobe PDF fileUse 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.

Offer Your Patients Encouragement, Resources & Referrals

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