New Online Fall Prevention Training for Pharmacists
Falls are a common and serious health threat to adults 65 and older. Every year, more than 1 in 4 older adults falls, but over half of those who fall won’t tell their healthcare provider.
In response to this growing health threat, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed the Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries (STEADI) initiative to provide sought after tools and resources to help the healthcare team implement fall prevention strategies.
Recently CDC collaborated with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) in developing a new online application-based training activity, STEADI: The Pharmacist’s Role in Older Adult Fall Prevention, which launched on March 24, 2017 at the APhA Annual Meeting. This online training is free for APhA members and non-members alike, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).
As some of the most accessible members of the healthcare team, and as medication experts, pharmacists play a critical role in older adult fall prevention.
To begin preventing falls, pharmacists can:
- Screen to identify patients at risk for a fall;
- Assess to identify modifiable risk factors, such as medication use;
- Intervene by using effective clinical and community strategies to reduce risk.
Pharmacists are an essential part of their patients’ healthcare team and can improve patient care, prolong independence, and ultimately save lives.
- STEADI: The Pharmacist’s Role in Older Adult Fall Prevention
- STEADI Training & Continuing Education
- CDC STEADI
- Falls Among Older Adults: An Overview
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