STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries) Tool Kit
Did you know that one out of three people 65 and older fall each year?
Health care providers play a critical role in the prevention of falls. Integration of simple screenings into your practice can help identify patients at-risk for a fall. By identifying these patients, clinicians can address risk factors such as lower body weakness, difficulties with gait and balance, postural hypotension, medication use, vision problems and home hazards. By addressing these risk factors or referring patients to community programs or specialists who can, health care providers can significantly reduce their patients’ chances of falling and suffering serious injuries such as hip fractures.
The Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries (STEADI) Tool Kit is a suite of materials created by CDC’s Injury Center for health care providers. The STEADI Tool Kit is a provider resource 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. In addition, there are educational handouts about fall prevention specifically designed for patients and their friends and family. Click on the links below to access electronic versions of the tool kit documents or click here to request your complimentary printed copy provided by the Ohio Department of Health.
STEADI Tool Kit Contents
Make Fall Prevention Part of Your Practice
Get Background Information about Falls
Read Case Studies Featuring Patients at Risk of Falling
Use Validated Tests to Assess Your Patients’ Falls Risk Factors
Offer Your Patients a Medical Referral
Offer Your Patients Encouragement, Resources & Referrals
Reimbursements for Fall Screenings and Fall Prevention Reimbursable Services (Note: This is not part of the official STEADI Tool Kit)
Request Your Complimentary STEADI Tool Kit Today!
The Ohio Department of Health is pleased to offer printed copies of the complete STEADI Tool Kit for health care providers. For a free copy of the tool kit please submit your name, address, provider type, email address and phone number to: HealthyO@odh.ohio.gov.
To view digital copies of the tool kit from the CDC's web site, please click here: CDC STEADI Toolkit
Interested in promoting the STEADI Tool Kit for National Falls Prevention Awareness Day? The Ohio Department of Health has put together some promotional materials to help inform your organization, company or practice of the resources available to conduct falls screenings using STEADI. Click here to access the materials.
Learn more about how the STEADI resources can be used in clinical practice to assess, treat, and refer older adult patients based on their fall risk.
CDC STEADI video training for providers to learn about the development of STEADI, its unique resources, methods for incorporating into practice, and financial incentives for doing so.
STEADI training slides from ODH June 18th STEADI webinar with Dr. Judy Stevens (CDC) and Dr. Richard Schuster (University of Georgia)
CDC STEADI videos for balance testing to demonstrates Timed Up and Go (TUG) Test, 30 second Chair Stand Test and the 4-Stage Balance Test
For More Information:
For more information on falls among older adults please contact:
Ohio Department of Health
Injury Prevention Program
246 North High Street, 8th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Last Reviewed 10/7/13