Fall Prevention Day is Coming
The fifth annual Fall Prevention Day, a free fall prevention community event, is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Sept. 23, behind the information desk on the third floor of the Center for Advanced Medicine. The event is part of Fall Awareness Day, which was declared by Gov. Jay Nixon and takes participants through a series of tests to determine their specific fall risk factors.
The day will feature assessment and screening stations where volunteer nurses, pharmacists, ophthalmology students and rehabilitation therapists test participants’ blood glucose levels, blood pressure, vision, flexibility, strength and other factors that could increase the likelihood of a fall.
Participants then receive recommendations based on the comprehensive test results, and in some cases, are encouraged to take their results to their primary care physician, physical therapist or a specialist.
“The value of our event format is that we’re not giving a blanket list of tips or suggestions,” says Janene Reeves, PT, DPT, Barnes-Jewish Hospital rehabilitation therapist. “We’re taking the time to specifically triage why an individual might be prone to a fall, and what they can do to reduce their risk for injury.”
Event coordinators Traci Norris, PT, DPT, GCS, and Reeves are excited by the new additional partnership with Washington University’s trauma services.
“Trauma services will help enhance the type of education we’ll provide to individuals who come to our event,” says Norris. “We want to raise awareness of the issue of falls and prevent patients from being admitted to Barnes-Jewish with fall-related injuries.”
Participation in Fall Awareness Day screening events is just one way experts at Barnes-Jewish Hospital raise awareness and address fall prevention. Hospital initiatives such as patient partnering also have been shown to reduce inpatient falls.