Navigation Links
Stay Ahead of Head Injuries
Date:10/27/2007

Experts offer tips on keeping homes safe

SATURDAY, Oct. 27 (HealthDay News) -- In 2006, an estimated 1.1 million people were treated at U.S. hospital emergency departments for head injuries related to common household products and settings such as ladders, steps, and showers, the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission reports.

The actual number of head injuries suffered by people in their homes is likely greater, since many injuries are treated at doctor's offices and immediate-care centers, or people don't seek any medical treatment, says the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

Many head injuries are caused by falls, which are the leading cause of death and serious injury among Americans 65 and older. Among older adults, falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury, which account for 46 percent of fatal falls among older adults.

In addition, traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and severe injury in children who suffer falls.

Simple precautions can help prevent falls and serious or deadly head injuries, says the AANS, which offers the following safety tips:

  • Secure loose electrical cords and put away toys and other items that are lying around on floors, stairs, etc.
  • Use safety gates and install window guards to protect young children.
  • Secure rugs and lift them periodically to inspect the backing for wear.
  • Don't walk on slippery, freshly washed floors and avoid floor waxes.
  • Install grab bars and handrails if you are frail or elderly.
  • Improve the lighting in your home; dim lighting can increase the risk of falls.
  • Install night lights in halls and bathrooms and keep a flashlight near your bed.
  • Store items in easy-to-reach places; use stepstools or ladders only when absolutely necessary.
  • Check all stair railings and steps.
  • Don't wear any clothing that interferes with your vision.
  • Wear proper shoes with slip-resistant soles.
  • Inspect and remove debris from walkways, driveways, porches and yards.
  • In winter, remove ice and snow from areas where people walk.
  • Inspect and remove debris from lawns before mowing or gardening.
  • Store outdoor equipment properly.
  • Make sure ladders are stable and secure before you use them.

More information

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has more about fall prevention.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Association of Neurological Surgeons, news release, October 2007


'/>"/>
Copyright©2007 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. India To March Ahead in The Global HealthCare Competition
2. ‘Natural Spring’ Starts A Week Ahead Now Than Before: UNH Scientit
3. Loss and damage to the brain cells possible with lead exposure in years ahead
4. Drug Research and Development Gets the ‘go ahead’ from WO
5. A new deal for childcare services given go-ahead
6. Biobank gets a go-ahead for the world’s biggest medical research
7. California: Go Ahead For Drug Discount Initiative
8. E-Consultations Given Go-Ahead
9. USDA Gives Go-Ahead to Market Controversial Genetically Engineered Rice, LL601
10. Thailand Goes Ahead With Licenses for Generic Drugs
11. Forge Ahead On Folate Fortification
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Stay Ahead of Head Injuries
(Date:4/26/2017)... ... April 26, 2017 , ... ... Hackensack, N.J. has been honored by Enterprising Women magazine as one of its ... world’s top women business owners. Winners have demonstrated that they have fast-growth businesses, ...
(Date:4/26/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... April 26, 2017 , ... ... Pioneer today launched a unique website ( CRISPRCas.pioneer.com ) that demonstrates how this ... help farmers produce more and better food, with fewer resources. It highlights the ...
(Date:4/25/2017)... ... April 25, 2017 , ... Splashtop Inc. ... Pro . This new addition to the Mirroring360 product family combines device screen ... , Mirroring360 Pro enables educators, business professionals and individuals to stream or mirror ...
(Date:4/25/2017)... , ... April 25, 2017 , ... ... attempts to compare student test score performance for the 2015-16 school year across ... state’s voucher programs. Though it highlights important patterns in student test score performance, ...
(Date:4/25/2017)... , ... April 25, 2017 , ... ... way in unveiling cutting-edge birth defects research related to Zika virus during pregnancy, ... world’s premier society for this important science. , The Teratology Society ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/19/2017)... , April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - CRH Medical Corporation (TSX: CRH) (NYSE MKT: ... Burton & Co. Healthcare Investor Conference 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel ... Wright , Chief Executive Officer of the Company is scheduled to ... Richard Bear and the Chairman of the Board, ... ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... The Mobile X-Ray product segment is the most ... the forecast period Mobile X-Ray segment is the ... X-Ray devices market, which is estimated to be valued at ... CAGR of 7% over the forecast period. Mobile X-Ray segment ... US$ 100 Mn in 2017 over 2016. The segment,s revenue ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... Global Surgical Drainage Device Market: Overview ... remove excess liquid and air. The fluid to be ... lymph. Surgical drains are used in a wide variety ... cardiovascular surgery, neurosurgery, plastic surgery etc. Common use of ... of fluid e.g. blood or pus. Surgical drains are ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: