Nov 02

Slips, Trips and Falls ‘Can Happen To Anyone’ In The Home


The importance of easy access showers and other bathroom safety features has been made clearer than ever, as a fresh report has revealed that slips, trips and falls can happen to just about anybody in the home.

Reuters reported on a new study in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine revealing that people of all ages are being taken to A&E for sprains, strains, fractures and bumps.

However, older people, younger children and women were reported to be more likely to be seen by a doctor in the emergency department than other demographics.

Indeed, pensioners over the age of 85, children under three and young adults in their 20s had the highest injury rates, but over two-thirds of visitors to A&E were a mix of ages between 11 and 60.

Senior author of the report Dr Gary Smith of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, said: “Stairs are a common source of injury among all ages and the frequency and rate of stair-related injuries are increasing.”

As well as stairs, slippery floor surfaces and loose rugs and carpets were identified as major hazards.

The study found that power grip facilities around the home, which allow people to grab a rail more securely, reduce more severe injuries in falls.

Myfox8 recently reported that regular eye tests and exercising can help prevent accidents around the home by keeping your peepers in the best condition to spot hazards, and to keep reflexes and muscles toned. Prevention is always better than cure when it comes to dealing with injuries around the home.

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