St. David's Round Rock Medical Center First in Texas to Adopt "Stepping On" Fall Prevention Program
Monday, February 03, 2014
ROUND ROCK, Texas – In January, St. David's Round Rock Medical Center, a Level II Trauma Center, became the first Texas hospital to adopt the "Stepping On" program, designed to improve self-efficacy and educate individuals on fall-prevention techniques. Originally developed in Australia and later introduced to the United States, the program has proven to reduce falls by 31 percent.
"As a Level II Trauma Center, St. David's Round Rock Medial Center frequently sees injuries caused by falls, especially within the older population," Sheila Dolbow, trauma and injury prevention coordinator at St. David's Round Rock Medical Center, said. "The 'Stepping On' program will provide individuals the confidence and tools they need to walk without falling-not just within their homes, but also in public."
Some of the techniques covered in the program include strength and balance exercises, the role of vision in keeping balance, ways to stay safe while walking in the community, possible hazards and how to cope after a fall. Ideal candidates for the course are cognitively capable individuals who are 65 or older who have fallen or have a fear of falling.
Although the first class of the "Stepping On" program is full, the next session, which will be open to the public, will take place in May. The program will also be offered at other St. David's HealthCare facilities.
For more information about the "Stepping On" program, or to register, please call (512) 341-6612.
St. David's Round Rock Medical Center
St. David's Round Rock Medical Center, located in Round Rock at 2400 Round Rock Avenue, is part of St. David's HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized in January 2012 as one of the top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. With 169 beds, this acute care hospital provides comprehensive health services to residents of Williamson County and the surrounding areas. Services include The Heart and Vascular Center with express testing, maternity and newborn services with Level I and II nurseries at The Women's Center, and a 24-hour emergency department with a Level II Trauma Center. St. David's Round Rock Medical Center is also known for advanced orthopedic and bariatric services, among other complex specialties. Thomson Reuters named St. David's Round Rock Medical Center to the list of 100 Top Hospitals in 2012. In 2012 and 2013, the hospital earned a national distinction for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. For more information, please visit StDavids.com.