(PRWEB) December 10, 2013
Much of the United States is experiencing a first real blast of frigid winter weather. The cold and associated ice and snow pose a real threat of falls, especially in the elderly.
According to the Centers for Disease Control:
Dr. Cunningham advocates taking these steps to help prevent serious falls when wintry weather occurs:
Taking these simple steps can go a long way in preventing a fall and serious injury.
A print version of the infographic supplied is available at http://www.akrongeneral.org/web09/pdfs/PR/InfoGraphic_winterSafety_AG_1213.pdf.
About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit health care organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 511-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area’s largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the fifth best hospital in Ohio. In 2013, the American Nurses Association bestowed the prestigious “Magnet” status on the more that 1,000 nurses from Akron General Medical Center, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute and the Health System’s Health & Wellness Centers. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit http://www.akrongeneral.org.
Carol Cunningham, MD, is available to provide interviews on this topic. Dr. Cunningham is a board certified emergency medicine physician at Akron General Health System. She is also the State Medical Director for the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of EMS; EMS Medical Director Representative on the National EMS Advisory Council; and an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University. Dr. Cunningham is a fellow in the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and the American College of Emergency Physicians.