Navigation Links
Safety Alert: From the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

ROSEMONT, Ill., March 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It happens in an instant, standing one minute, on the ground the next. Just ask Vice President Joe Biden's mother. For 92 year old Catherine Eugenia "Jean" Biden and so many other senior citizens, guarding against taking a tumble is fast becoming a full time job. America's senior citizens are living longer and must now take added precautions to help prevent a fall and a subsequent fracture.

Mrs. Biden is recovering from a broken hip after falling at her home in Delaware. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has some important information and tips for preventing falls and hip fractures in America's elderly population.

  • Each year in the United States more than 11 million senior citizens fall--that's one out of every three people older than 65 years of age which makes it the leading cause of injuries to our senior population.
  • In 2006, 368,000 people were diagnosed for hip fractures.
  • Falls can occur anytime, anyplace and to anyone while doing simple everyday activities like climbing stairs or getting out of a bathtub.
  • The number of falls and the severity of injury increase with age.

Some Medical Risk Factors associated with falls are:

  • Impaired musculoskeletal function, gait abnormality and osteoporosis.
  • Cardiac arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat), blood pressure fluctuation.
  • Depression, Alzheimer's disease and senility.
  • Arthritis, hip weakness or imbalance.
  • Neurologic conditions, stroke, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis.
  • Urinary and bladder dysfunction.
  • Vision or hearing loss.
  • Cancer that affects bones.

Some Safety Tips for preventing a fall are:

  • Get an annual physical and eye examination, particularly an evaluation of cardiac and blood pressure problems.
  • Maintain a diet with adequate dietary calcium and vitamin D.
  • Do not smoke and avoid excessive use of alcohol.
  • Participate in an exercise program for agility, strength, balance and coordination.
  • Eliminate all tripping hazards in your home and install grab bars, handrails and other safety devices
  • Wear properly- fitting shoes with nonskid soles.
  • Never walk in your stocking feet.

Some tips to Keep Your Home Safe:

  • Place a lamp, telephone and flashlight near your bed.
  • Sleep on a bed that is easy to get into and out of.
  • Arrange clothes in your closet so that they are easy-to-reach.
  • Install a night-light along the route between your bedroom and the bathroom.
  • Keep all areas of the house clutter free.
  • Arrange furniture so you have a clear pathway between rooms.
  • Install easy-access light switches at entrances to rooms so you won't have to walk into a darkened room in order to turn on the light. Glow-in-the-dark switches may be helpful.
  • Don't sit in a chair or on a sofa that is so low it is difficult to stand up.
  • Clean up immediately any liquids, grease, or food spilled on the floor.
  • Install grab bars on the bathroom walls.
  • Stabilize yourself on the toilet by using either a raised seat or a special toilet seat with armrests.
  • Use a sturdy, plastic seat in the bathtub if you cannot lower yourself to the floor of the tub or if you are unsteady.

For more information go to

SOURCE American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. More proof needed of safety and quality of electronic personal health records
2. Back to School Means Backpack Safety
3. Seniors Need a Safety Plan in Face of Disasters
4. New Survey Shows Americans are Still Concerned About Food Safety, Yet Still Not Smart About What They Like to Eat
5. National Patient Safety Foundation Partners with Vocera Communications
6. QI projects may -- or may not -- improve patient safety and outcomes
7. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Wal-Mart, and Abbott Host Child Safety Events
8. Cutting Salt Wont Affect Foods Safety
9. Microsoft Helps Developers of Clinical User Interfaces Improve Efficiency, Patient Safety With Free Toolkit
10. The Risk Management and Patient Safety Institute Announces Annual Health Care Risk Conference Dates
11. Blue Cross and Blue Shield Initiatives Recognized for Increasing Patient Safety and Efficiency
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... Consistent with the ... 2016 Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs meeting will showcase some of ... 6, 2016, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with a pre-conference session on ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... The moment you stop ... not only fulfilling the needs of advisers and clients but going above and ... providing top-tier customer service. However, there's always room for improvement, which is why ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... the largest, most successful and prominent nonprofit healthcare organizations in the country. They ... involvement with various organizations, and helped advance the healthcare industry as a whole ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Indosoft Inc., developer and distributor of the ... LTS (Long Term Support) into its Q-Suite 5.10 product line. , Making the ... a version of Asterisk that will receive not only security fixes, but feature ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... CognisantMD ... for diagnostic imaging in the Waterloo region. Using the Ocean Platform, family physicians ... directly from their electronic medical record (EMR) without the need for redundant patient ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... , November 26, 2015 ... Juntendo universitetssjukhus ser potential att använda ... magnetresonansbilder (MR-bilder) för patienter med multipel ... ett forskningsavtal med SyntheticMR AB för att ... forskningsprojekt på sjukhuset. Med SyMRI kan man ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... , Nov. 26, 2015 Research ... addition of the "2016 Future Horizons and ... (TDM) Market: Supplier Shares, Country Segment Forecasts, Competitive ... --> --> ... analysis of the Italian therapeutic drug monitoring market, ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... Nov. 25, 2015  Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN ) ... (BLA) with the United States ... a biosimilar candidate to Humira ® (adalimumab). Amgen ... submitted to the FDA and represents Amgen,s first BLA ... E. Harper , M.D., executive vice president of Research ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: