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CDC’s STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries) Tool Kit

Every 13 seconds an older adult is treated in an Emergency Department (ED) for injuries due to a fall in the United States. Every 20 minutes, an older adult dies from one of these falls. To help prevent these occurrences, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created the STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries) ToolKit.

STEADI Materials for Health Care Providers:

How to prevent your older patients from falling:

  • Use the Centers for Disease Control’s STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths and Injuries) Tool Kit, which contains resources and tools that will help make fall prevention an integral part of your wellness visits.
  • Contact us for resources on fall prevention and to qualify for the benefits of introducing fall prevention into your practice.

STEADI Phase One includes 3 steps that you can complete in one visit:

  1. ASK patients if they’ve fallen in the past year, feel unsteady, or worry about falling.
  2. REVIEW medications and stop, switch, or reduce the dosage of drugs that increase fall risk.
  3. RECOMMEND vitamin D supplements of at least 800 IU/day with calcium.

For more information on Making Older Adult Fall Prevention Part of Your Clinical Practice, visit:

STEADI Online Clinical Training:

Credit types: 0.1 CEU/CE; 1 CHES; 1 CNE Contact Hours; 2 CPHCE; 1 ACCME: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)

This web-based self-study training is now available on CDC TRAIN. CDC created this STEADI: Older Adult Fall Prevention training to give you the tools you need to make fall risk screening, risk factor assessment, and falls interventions part of your clinical practice.

The content is based on established clinical guidelines. You will learn:

  • Two easy screening methods to determine a patient’s fall risk
  • Three rapid standardized gait, strength and balance assessment tests
  • To apply the STEADI algorithm to determine a patient's fall risk level
  • To select appropriate evidence-based interventions based on risk level
  • To engage your older patients in interventions to reduce their fall risk

To access the STEADI Online Clinical Training, visit: Search the keyword “STEADI” to launch the training after creating an account or logging into an existing account.

Instructional Videos for Health Care Providers:
The CDC created instructional videos for three simple assessment tests healthcare providers can do in their office to assess their patient’s risk of falling. These are tests of mobility (The Timed Up and Go (TUG) test), strength (the 30-Second Chair Stand test), and balance (The 4-Stage Balance Test). To perform each test, a chair with a straight back and a stop watch is needed. To view these videos, visit:

Webinar for Health Care Provider:
The CDC created a webinar for Health Care Providers to learn about the development of the STEADI Tool Kit, details of its unique resources, methods for incorporating these resources into practice, and financial incentives for doing so.  To view this webinar, visit:

STEADI Materials for Health Care Providers:
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STEADI Materials for Your Older Adult Patients:
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Visit CDC for more information on the STEADI Tool Kit, instructional videos and a webinar about implementing the STEADI Tool Kit. Website:

Contact us( for more information on the STEADI Tool Kit and older adult fall prevention.