Senior falls lead to 2.2 million yearly visits to the emergency room, with a quarter of these resulting in hospitalization.
Pacheco, CA (PRWEB) April 16, 2012
Bay Alarm Medical, a nationwide provider of medical alert systems, has released an infographic titled "The Risks and Costs of Senior Fall Injuries." The infographic highlights the widespread risk of falling among senior citizens and how crucial it is to receive medical attention within one hour of a fall.
Citing data from government and industry sources, the infographic shows that each year one-third of U.S. adults age 65 or older will experience a fall. These falls lead to 2.2 million yearly visits to the emergency room, with a quarter of these visits resulting in hospitalization.
"The statistics on senior falls are alarming," says Alan Wu, marketing manager for Bay Alarm Medical. "We wanted to raise awareness of the risks among seniors and among their children. An infographic is a good way to do that."
When a senior falls, a timely medical response can dramatically affect the outcome. Seniors who receive medical attention within the first hour of their fall have a much better chance of recovery.
According to one recent study of senior fall injuries, 62% of elderly victims who don't receive help within an hour won't be able to live independently after hospitalization. Fully 90% of seniors who aren't helped within 6 hours will have to live in a nursing home. The average cost of a fall injury is $19,000 per incident.
The infographic highlights the frequency of falls are among the elderly, the differences in how men and women are affected by falls, and shows the most common types injuries from falling. It also shows in detail how the length of time between the fall and the receipt of medical attention affects the time spent in the hospital and the long-term prospects for recovery.
The full "Risks and Costs of Senior Fall Injuries" infographic is available on the Bay Alarm Medical blog. Wu says the company encourages people to share the infographic with family members.
"We want to get the word out," he says, "If sharing this infographic on Facebook moves someone to action, then we've helped a family."
Wu's company offers medical alert monitoring starting at $19.95 per month.
"Medical alert systems help if an elderly person does fall," says Wu, "By getting help quickly, they can greatly reduce the chances of a long-term hospital stay."
About Bay Alarm Medical
Bay Alarm Medical is an arm of Bay Alarm, one of the nation's oldest alarm monitoring companies. The company offers high quality medical alert systems together with 24/7 monitoring by professionally training emergency operators who contact family members, friends, neighbors and, if necessary, local 911 emergency services. Bay Alarm Medical's lightweight emergency pendants can be worn around the neck, wrist or on a belt clip. The one-touch pendants are waterproof, meaning they can be worn while bathing.