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EMS News—–

New EMS Rules Give Paramedics Less Latitude

MedicCast Cobra Bite Interview and Links

Man Critically Injured In Fall Through Skylight


Tip This Week — Assessing Fall Injuries

Individuals in all age groups have a potential risk for fall injuries. Falls in children and adolescents tend to occur in homes, followed by schoolyards and playgrounds. Adults in the other hand tend to get injured from occupational falls. A large percentage of falls in adults have been associated with alcohol use. Older adults aged 65 and above are highly at risk for falls because of factors like poor muscle tone, poor balance, medication use, and frequency of falls increase from environmental factors including poor lighting and lack of safety devices.

In assessing fall injuries, EMS providers could determine the extent of injury resulting from falls depending on certain factors like the distance of the fall, the landing surface, orientation on falling, and whether the fall was broken. Though the height at which the patient fell is usually the first thing considered, low-level falls still can cause serious injuries especially if they hit their head.

For more on fall injury assessment, follow links below

Injury Prevention and Control from American College of Surgeons

Prehospital Trauma Life Support Page

PHTLS Podcast by Jeffrey Guy

CDC Injury Prevention Site : Falls


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