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Emergency Department Accident Prevention - Falls and older people
Emergency Department Accident Prevention - Falls and older people
Emergency Department Accident Prevention - Falls and older people
Emergency Department Accident Prevention - Falls and older people
Emergency Department Accident Prevention - Falls and older people
Emergency Department Accident Prevention - Falls and older people
Emergency Department Accident Prevention - Falls and older people
Emergency Department Accident Prevention - Falls and older people
Emergency Department Accident Prevention - Falls and older people
Emergency Department Accident Prevention - Falls and older people
Emergency Department Accident Prevention - Falls and older people
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Emergency Department Accident Prevention - Falls and older people

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  • 1. Emergency Department Statistics Jan to Dec 2013 People Aged 65 or more By Joanne Doherty Injury Prevention Officer
  • 2. What We Know In 2013: •38% of new attendances were due to trauma or poisoning •10% of these occurred in adults 65+years (increased by11% from 2012) •An additional 142 older people required further treatment compared to 2012 •79% of all trauma happened in / around the home •Falls from a height or same level was the most common cause
  • 3. Why Are We Falling “MAKING WAY FROM BED TO TOILET AT 3AM - HAD FALL “ “FELL DOWN 3 STEPS WHEN CLIMBING INTO CUPBOARD” “FELL PUTTING CLOTHES ON - HIT SHOULDER ON DOOR FRAME”
  • 4. Why Are We Falling “FELL DOWN 2 STEPS AND HIT HEAD ON BIN” “TRIPPED ON SKIRT AND FELL WITH GLASS IN HAND”
  • 5. Why Are We Falling “GOT UP HALF ASLEEP - FELL BETWEEN TV UNIT AND WALL” “TRIPPED ON CARPETED FLOOR AT HOME” “STOOD UP TO GO TO BED - TRIPPED AND FELL”
  • 6. Why Are We Falling “GOT OUT OF BED TO GO TO TOILET - HAD A FALL ON STAIRS” “REACHING DOWN TO GET A BOOK WHEN FELL”
  • 7. Make Your Home Falls Free In the Bedroom •Turn lights on •Take time to waken up •If you need glasses wear them •Tuck your sheets in
  • 8. Make Your Home Falls Free Living Room •Arrange furniture to have clear paths •Keep the floor clutter free •Lift or move mats •Don’t run cables across rooms
  • 9. Make Your Home Falls Free Hall & Stairs •Keep things off the stairs •Hold on to the bannister •Don’t carry too much •Turn the light on
  • 10. Make Your Home Falls Free Other Safety Tips •If you’re ill tell someone •If you feel unsteady slow down •Have your medicines reviewed •Have a phone near your bed or chair •Stay active
  • 11. Make Your Home Falls Free Falls at home can be prevented DON’T BE A STATISTIC!

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