Falls are the leading cause of injury-related emergency department visits for Ohioans ages 65 and older, and they account for more ED patients than all other injuries combined. Shockingly, seven ED visits per hour in Ohio are from older adults who have taken a tumble.
Each year, 2.5 million older adults nationally are treated in EDs for fall injuries, and of those, 20-25% die within one year. More than 95% of hip fractures and most traumatic brain injuries are caused by falling.
In 2014 nearly 5,000 patients were seen in Montgomery County emergency departments for fall-related injuries, and the county has the second-highest number of fall-related deaths in the state. Age-related changes – both physical and mental – can contribute to an increased risk of injury.
Ohio’s 65-and-over population is projected to increase by 100 people per day for the next 14 years. In turn, the number of people falling, and the cost associated with those injuries, will rise if precautions aren’t taken to prevent these accidents.
What you can do
The vast majority of tumbles occur in a person’s home, so that is the logical place to begin working toward fall prevention. Here are 10 easy ways to lessen your chances of taking a spill –
You should do everything you can to prevent a fall, but if you’re injured, don’t hesitate to visit a Kettering Health Network emergency department. Click here to find our ED closest to you.