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Emergency Department Statistics
Jan to Dec 2013
People Aged 65 or more
By Joanne Doherty Injury Prevention Officer
What We Know
In 2013:
•38% of new attendances were due to trauma or
poisoning
•10% of these occurred in adults 65+years
(i...
Why Are We Falling
“MAKING WAY FROM BED TO TOILET AT
3AM - HAD FALL “
“FELL DOWN 3 STEPS WHEN CLIMBING
INTO CUPBOARD”
“FEL...
Why Are We Falling
“FELL DOWN 2 STEPS AND HIT HEAD ON
BIN”
“TRIPPED ON SKIRT AND FELL WITH GLASS
IN HAND”
Why Are We Falling
“GOT UP HALF ASLEEP - FELL BETWEEN TV
UNIT AND WALL”
“TRIPPED ON CARPETED FLOOR AT HOME”
“STOOD UP TO G...
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”
Make Your Home Falls Free
In the Bedroom
•Turn lights on
•Take time to waken up
•If you need glasses wear them
•Tuck your ...
Make Your Home Falls Free
Living Room
•Arrange furniture to have clear paths
•Keep the floor clutter free
•Lift or move ma...
Make Your Home Falls Free
Hall & Stairs
•Keep things off the stairs
•Hold on to the bannister
•Don’t carry too much
•Turn ...
Make Your Home Falls Free
Other Safety Tips
•If you’re ill tell someone
•If you feel unsteady slow down
•Have your medicin...
Make Your Home Falls Free
Falls at home can be prevented
DON’T BE A STATISTIC!
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Emergency Department Accident Prevention - Falls and older people

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Emergency Department Accident Prevention - Falls and older people

  1. 1. Emergency Department Statistics Jan to Dec 2013 People Aged 65 or more By Joanne Doherty Injury Prevention Officer
  2. 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. 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. 4. Why Are We Falling “FELL DOWN 2 STEPS AND HIT HEAD ON BIN” “TRIPPED ON SKIRT AND FELL WITH GLASS IN HAND”
  5. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 11. Make Your Home Falls Free Falls at home can be prevented DON’T BE A STATISTIC!

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