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Increasing Number of Falls Calls for Better Fall Prevention

Traumatic spinal cord injuries are on the rise in the United States and the leading cause no longer is motor vehicle crashes, but falls, researchers say.
Dr. Shalini Selvarajah, a post-doctoral surgical research fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, said the rates of these injuries -- whose symptoms range from temporary numbness to full-blown paralysis -- were rising fastest among older people, suggesting preventing falls could significantly curb spinal injuries.

"We have demonstrated how costly traumatic spinal cord injury is and how lethal and disabling it can be among older people," Selvarajah, the study leader, said in a statement. "It's an area that is ripe for prevention."

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With increasing prevalence of traumatic injuries resulting from falls, the need for high quality, comprehensive fall prevention plans and education is more important than ever before. From how staff approach Fall Risk patients, to how the room is set up, every aspect of preventing and managing falls has become critical to avoiding these devastating injuries.

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