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CDC STEADI : Best practices for developing an inpatient program to prevent older adult falls after discharge

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      Each year more than one quarter of Americans aged 65 and older (older adults) report a fall.1 While not all falls result in injury, fall injuries can result in functional decline, decreased quality of life, and even death.2 The risk of a fall among recently hospitalized older adults is substantially increased in the first 30 days after discharge.3

      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries) initiative was developed for clinicians in outpatient care settings. STEADI provides tools to screen older adults

      for fall risk, assess fall risk factors, and intervene to reduce fall risk. Combining components of STEADI with early mobilization of older adults in an inpatient setting may reduce the risk of falls in hospitalized older adults during and after their hospital stay.

      The STEADI Algorithm for Fall Risk Screening, Assessment, and Intervention outlines steps to implement the three core elements of the initiative (screen, assess, and intervene) and can be adapted for different clinical practice settings. Clinicians in an inpatient setting at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) adapted STEADI for patient care to reduce falls during and after a hospital stay. This guide, CDC STEADI: Best Practices for Developing an Inpatient Program to Prevent Older Adult Falls after Discharge, highlights 10 steps used by UCSF to integrate a STEADI safe mobility and fall prevention program into their inpatient workflow and clinical practice. The goal was to prevent falls during hospitalization, set the stage for better collaboration with external providers for post-discharge care, and reduce risk of falls after hospital stays.

      SUGGESTED CITATION: Rogers S., Haddad Y.K., Legha J.K., Stannard D., Auerbach A., Eckstrom E. CDC STEADI: Best Practices for Developing an Inpatient Program to Prevent Older Adult Falls after Discharge. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2021.

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