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The ANPT Balance and Falls SIG Officers look forward to seeing you at CSM 2018 in New Orleans! We will be hosting a table at the Myelin Melter on Friday, February 23, 2018, 6:30pm to 9:00pm at The Hilton Riverside Grand Ballroom C. Our SIG Business Meeting and continental breakfast will take place on Saturday, February 24, 2018, 6:45am to 7:45am. (The specific rooms will be in the program).

CSM 2018 Links to help you Plan Your conference Experience:

 

Call for Your Action:

  • Call to Action for you and your network to be part of National Falls Prevention Awareness Day 2018!  This occurs every year on the first day of the Fall Season (September 21st).  Look up the social media campaign we initiated and add to it by using the following hash tags:  #IP_FallPrev  
  • Please also link to the coalition founders: @JuliePT3, @AGPTweets, @AOTAScott, @SusanLinOT, @elevatingEBP with a fall prevention related tweet.  You can friend me and view and share posts from www.facebook.com/julie.schwertfeger.7  or link to and share NCOA_Falls_Prevention_Reseources
  • Post and forward share with the #IP_FallPrev to take part as a community! Start now, and plan to make a robust increase in frequency in early September to support “National Fall Prevention Awareness Day”. Please identify a plan to join the social media surge - adding your posts and liking and sharing related falls prevention posts using the above networking tools. Your expertise and advocacy are needed to move the evidence and prevention efforts forward.

Other BFSIG Leadership 2017 Actions for your Review:

  • A member survey was completed.  Here is what you told us:
    • You provide evidence based information to patients, clients, and family caregivers on a daily basis
    • You are interested in EBP falls patient information that can be printed and explained easily in the clinic
    • You want updated EBP that is quickly accessible (the next sections has these links!)
    • You are very interested in EBP to identify fall risk and to prevent falls  
  • Congratulations to the winners of the $50 survey participation drawing!  Nancy Davis , PT, MS, DPT of New Hampshire, Lori Thompson, PT, DPT of Arizona, Alison Brophy-Cummings, PT of New Hampshire, and Kathleen Mahoney, PT, DPT of Massachusetts. 
  • In 2017, your BFSIG leaders worked to establish the Interprofessional Fall Prevention Coalition to best steward resources and effort in shared aims of falls prevention.  The interprofessional fall prevention coalition was founded with colleagues from the Geriatric BFSIG, AOTA, ACRM, and NCOA.  
  • We supported a social media Facebook live broadcast using Twitter and Facebook in late July that featured a review of NCOA evidence-based resources for fall prevention and intervention. 
  • We established the CSM 2018 Poster Award for falls content.  We are reviewing submissions and evaluating the posters prior to CSM in order to award 3 winners based upon scientific merit and relevance to practice during the Myelin Melter Business Meeting.
  • We communicate monthly updates to our Neuro SIG liaison, Aimee Perron, She has done an excellent job of promoting our initiatives to a larger segment of the membership on a monthly basis.
  • We promoted ANPT BFSIG aims with the APTA NEXT Conference and the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM).  A cross-cutting symposium on balance and falls screening that discusses stroke and cancer population considerations of the guideline is in development

A selection of recent Guidelines and Evidence on Falls Prevention 

Policy Driving APTA, NIH and CDC Fall Resources:

APTA Balance and Falls Resource page: http://www.apta.org/BalanceFalls/
2017 Draft Fall Intervention Guideline Update from the US Prevention Task Force (USPTF) https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/draft-evidence-review/falls-prevention-in-older-adults-interventions   – BFSIG leadership and our Balance and Falls Coalition collaborators sent feedback during the response window.  The draft recommendations: 1) reinforced the level B evidence recommendation that at risk, community dwelling adults receive exercise to prevent falls; 2) Gave level C recommendations for screening of falls selectively based upon “the balance of benefits and harms based on the circumstances of prior falls, presence of comorbid medical conditions, and the patient’s values and preferences.”; and 3) gave level D recommendations –recommending against Vitamin D supplement for fall prevention in this population.
USPTF Fall Intervention Guidelines (2012).  Guidelines for Prevention of Falls in Community Dwelling Older Adults.  https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/UpdateSummaryFinal/falls-prevention-in-older-adults-counseling-and-preventive-medication
American Academy of Family Physicians (2012). Fall Prevention in Older Adultshttps://www.aafp.org/patient-care/clinical-recommendations/all/fall-prevention.html
Stevens, J. A. (2010). A CDC compendium of effective fall interventions: What works for community-dwelling older adults?https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/pdf/falls/cdc_falls_compendium-2015-a.pdf
National Institute on Aging. US Department of Health & Human Services.  Prevent Falls and Fractures  https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/prevent-falls-and-fractures
 
  • Don’t see something new that you use for in your fall prevention practice?  Send a note and link to add to the conversation!  We are especially interested in neurologic population evidence for falls prevention.  Julie.Schwertfeger@rosalindfranklin.edu. Links above were accessed and are verified as of 12/24/2017.

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