HALT SLIPS is a useful mnemonic device to help prevent falls in older patients:

  • Home safety
  • Ask about falls at least yearly
  • Look for and treat vitamin D deficiency
  • Treat osteoarthritis
  • Stop or reduce problem medications
  • Look for orthostatic hypotension
  • Immobility must be avoided; promote exercise
  • Prevent and treat osteoporosis
  • Stop pain wherever possible

— Kathy Kemle, PA-C, Augusta, Ga. (154-14)