FALLS, BURNS AND POISONINGS

THE 3 TOP INJURIES TO SENIORS AT HOME

The Three Leading Causes Of Home Injuries:                                              Falls, Burns And Poisoning

Each year, more than 1.8 million people over the age of 65 are treated in hospital emergency rooms injuries related to falls burns and poisoning. Seniors are especially susceptible to these types of injuries, which are often preventable

  1. FALLS    Most falls are caused by environmental factors in homes not truly suited for a person with issues related to aging.  This includes  falls related to stairs, bathtubs, furniture, carpeting and other products seniors live with and use every day.

    The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) states     that falls are the number one cause of home injury, and studies suggest that a significant proportion of all falls are due to environmental factors.

 

Most falls in the home can be prevented. - with a little planning and preparation.


Following home safety practices designed for older adults, and making a few practical home modifications often gives Seniors the ability to continue living in their own home.

  1.   Hot drinks cause 44% of burns.                                                                      

  2.   Cooking liquids and hot foods                                                               cause 22% of burns

  3.   Boiled water causes 20% of burns.

  4.   Hot tap water causes 14% of burns.

Burn injuries make it difficult to continue on with the normal activities of daily living, especially if they live alone or are caring for someone else.

Seniors often have difficulty recovering from burn injuries.

Use our Poison Protection Checklist

to create a safer home for yourself and those you care for.

1.  Medications

2.  Cleaning Products

3.  Plants

4.  Cosmetics

5.  Pesticides/bug killers

  1. BURNS    Scalds, burns and fire-related injuries are currently the second-leading cause of death from home accidents among older adults.  Scalds are Burns are caused primarily from fires.  Older adults are killed in home fires at twice the rate of society as a whole.

 

 
  1. POISON   The most common poisons are




In Older Adults, poisoning is mostly caused by medicine errors.  Seniors have the highest risk for medication poisoning.

Adults over age 65:

  1.   Consume the majority of medications

  2.   Experience the majority of all reported reactions to drugs

  3.   Experience more hospital admissions due to medication-related problems than any other age group

  4.   50% have no regular routine for taking their medications

  5.   Take multiple medications with potential interactions

  6.   Are more likely to have vision and balance problems

  7.   Have increased sensitivity to effects of drugs


Older adults are six times more likely to suffer adverse medical reactions from errors in taking medications than other age groups.

Use our Fall Prevention Checklist to Make your Home Safer and Help Prevent Falls In and Around Your House.Independent_Living_Checklist_.html

Use our Fire and Burn Prevention Checklist

to help prevent burns and fires where you live.

Most senior poisonings are caused by errors when taking medicine.

3 Quick Personal Safety Tips

1. Keep emergency numbers in large print near each phone.

2. Put a phone near the floor in case you fall and can't get up.

3. Consider wearing an alarm device that will bring help in case you fall and can't get up.


Source:  The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention

Consider personal alarms

POISONING EMERGENCY?

Call The National Poison Control Hotline
1-800-222-1222                                          

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