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Published on May 06, 2015

UHS experts speak at White House-sponsored symposium

Three UHS healthcare professionals were featured speakers April 30 at a national conference on preventing patient falls.

Frank Floyd, MD, and registered nurses Amy Roma and Bridget Talbut, of UHS Primary Care Endwell, focused their talk on successful efforts to prevent falls and injuries among patients cared for at UHS.

The UHS speakers' presentation took place 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 in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Floyd, Ms. Roma, Ms. Talbut and others at UHS Primary Care Endwell are widely recognized for having piloted a national effort to prevent falls in the elderly.

UHS, the Broome County Health Department and the Broome County Office for Aging were recipients of a New York State Department of Health injury prevention grant, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 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.

Under the direction of Dr. Floyd and the nursing administrators, 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.

According to the CDC, one out of three people age 65 and over will fall each year. Falls are the leading cause of unintentional-injury death and account for 69 percent of nonfatal injuries in the elderly.