Frank Floyd, MD, Amy Roma, RN, and Bridget Talbut, RN, of UHS Primary Care Endwell, were featured speakers April 30 at the Falls Prevention Summit, a gathering in Arlington, Va., affiliated with the 2015 White House Conference on Aging and the National Council on Aging.
The team at UHS Primary Care Endwell piloted a national effort to prevent falls among the elderly beginning in 2012. UHS, the Broome County Health Department and the Broome County Office for Aging were recipients of a CDC-funded grant to use evidence-based fall intervention programs to reduce the rate of falls in older adults.
One of the programs is Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths and Injuries, also known as STEADI, which encourages primary care providers to conduct regular screenings with patients age 65 and older to determine their risk of falling. The team at Endwell used preliminary guidelines from the CDC to develop and implement an effective assessment test and data filing system for eligible patients. UHS became the alpha test site because of its fully established electronic medical record system, which facilitated data collection and reporting to the state Health Department and the CDC.
Read more about STEADI in the article “Steady As We Go,” from the Winter 2014 issue of UHS Stay Healthy magazine.