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SOURCE American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
Nation's Emergency Physicians Say Many Falls Are Avoidable
WASHINGTON, March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One out of three adults age 65 and older falls each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The nation's emergency physicians see the results of people falling each day - ranging from minor injuries to severe traumatic falls that may even result in death.
"We see so many cases of people who appear to have a minor fall that result in a significant injury," said Dr. Andrew Sama, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. "The older you get the more vulnerable you are. The good thing is - many of these falls are preventable if you take action now."
How can we prevent falls from happening?
There are numerous things that can be done to prevent falls – especially for elderly people.
For more information about falls or other health-related topics, please visit www.EmergencyCareForYou.org
ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.
Dr. David John, an emergency physician in Boston, MA is available for interviews on this topic. To request one, please contact Mike Baldyga at 202-728-0610, ext. 3005.
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