NSC expo
Subscribe or Register
View Cart  

Earn recertification points from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals by taking a quiz about this issue.

What's Your Opinion?

Are you concerned about how new laws regarding medical and recreational marijuana will affect workplace safety?

Take the poll and add your comment.

Vote Results

ACEP: Most ER visits result from falls

October 21, 2010

Tags
  • / Print
  • Reprints
  • Text Size:
    A A

Unintentional falls are the leading cause of emergency room visits, the American College of Emergency Physicians said this week. Nearly 9 million visits for fall-related injuries occur each year, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The two highest-risk age groups are children younger than 5 and adults older than 70.

To prevent unintentional falls, Dallas-based ACEP recommends:

  • Remove clutter, particularly from walkways and stairs.
  • Use night lights in bedrooms, halls and bathrooms.
  • Consider a handgrip in bathrooms and showers.
  • Remove throw rugs and tack down other rugs to reduce tripping hazards.
  • Be sure the bottom of the tub has a non-slip surface.
  • Wear helmets and other protective gear when biking, motorcycling or playing contact sports.
  • Inspect playground equipment to make sure it is age appropriate and in good condition.
  • Teach children to use handrails on the stairs and be certain their shoes are tied.
  • Set up locking gates near staircases to prevent access by younger children.
  • Install window guards with an emergency quick-release mechanism.


Post a comment to this article

Safety+Health welcomes comments that promote respectful dialogue. Please stay on topic. Comments that contain personal attacks, profanity or abusive language – or those aggressively promoting products or services – will be removed. We reserve the right to determine which comments violate our comment policy.