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Published on April 21, 2015

Endwell physician to speak at national conference


Frank Floyd, MD, of the UHS Medical Group, will be a featured speaker this month at a national conference on preventing patient falls.

Dr. Floyd's presentation at the Falls Prevention Summit April 30 in Arlington, Va., will focus on successful efforts to prevent falls and injuries among patients cared for by the UHS healthcare system.

The national Falls Prevention Summit is affiliated with the 2015 White House Conference on Aging and the National Council on Aging in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Floyd and members of his team at UHS Primary Care Endwell are widely recognized for piloting a national program 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 CDC, 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 UHS Medical Group nursing administrators Bridget Talbut, RN, and Amy Roma, RN, 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.