Student Chapter of ASCP Hosts Fall Prevention Awareness Day
Published on October 17, 2017
The student chapter of American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) sponsored the second annual Fall Prevention Awareness Day at USciences on the quad on Sept. 21, 2017.
The event included students, faculty and administrators from six programs including physical therapy and pharmacy.
“Fall Prevention Awareness Day provides the opportunity for all our professions to work together on a common yet significant problem,” said Laura Finn P’84, Adjunct Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice.
Through this event student pharmacists learn how to identify fall risk inducing drugs and how to work with patients to minimize those risks. By attacking the problem of falling from all directions we hope to impact the devastating effects of falls on our older adults, said Professor Finn, ASCP Faculty Advisor.
Peter Miller, PhD, PT, provost and vice president for academic affairs attended the event, saying he was happy to see that students appreciate the scope and importance of fall prevention.
“It is much better to prevent a fall then to treat the injuries after a fall, and our students communicated that in a way that was engaging, fun, and informative,” Dr. Miller said.
This year’s event included physical exercise games, including strength and balance tests, to increase participation while educating about falls, said Lalitha Sukumar PharmD’19.
“It is definitely an event that I will look forward to in the future,” Tracey Ngo PharmD’21. “As a person who has a father who is prone to falling, learning about the strength and balance tests will come in handy.”
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