Did you know that the #1 Cause of Emergency room visits is trips and falls? Me either! This is not an exaggeration. I read books because I like to share information and also to spread the author’s words of wisdom. If I learn one thing from a book it is worthy of sharing. Look at the data the author says:
The number of people injured and dying from falls is at record numbers
and the problem is growing. Using data from 2014, compiled from the Centers
for Disease Control database, reveal the true scope of the problem:
• Falls kill three times more people in the United States than firearms
and seven times more people than the flu (see Figure 2.3).
• Falls are the number one reason for emergency room visits every year
(see Chapter 2, “Why Slips, Trips, and Falls Aren’t Taken Seriously”
and Figure 2.2).
• Falls cost the US economy over $150 billion per year in medical costs
and lost wages (see Chapter 19, “The Cost of Slips, Trips, and Falls”).
• Falls are the number one cause of traumatic brain injury, resulting in
four times more injuries than sports (see Factoid #2).
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• In 2014, falls caused nine million emergency room visits, one million
hospitalizations, and thirty thousand deaths (see Chapter 2, “Why
Slips, Trips, and Falls Aren’t Taken Seriously”).
• Falls aren’t just a problem for the elderly: 25 percent of fall injuries
happen to children and 75 percent happen to people under age 68 (see
Chapter 4, “Age and Falls”).
• Even though we promote fall safety and prevention for our elderly, the
rate at which our elderly die from falls has doubled in the last fifteen
years (see Chapter 24, “The ALERT System for Reducing Fall Injuries
Acronym: A-L-E-R-T to remind us of the five steps we can take that will
reduce the number of falls and fall injuries.
A -Awareness is the first and most important step in preventing STF injuries.
Be alert when you’re in higher-risk situations. Create a mental
STF warning system.
L- Learn what you can do to prevent a fall accident. Most fall STF injuries
happen in the places we know the best: our bathroom, our
kitchen, our stairs, and so on. This happens because we’re in our
comfort zone, our guard is down, and we’re not paying attention.
E- Early awareness, early prevention, and early training will lead to
fewer STF injuries for everyone. Fall injuries cause a high percentage
of emergency room visits at all ages. Starting the process of avoiding
a fall when you are younger will reduce the risk of serious fall injuries
when you are older. Start early!
R- React to what you’ve learned. If you see a STF hazard, correct that
it. Do it right when you encounter the risk or problem. Don’t
count on your memory or your ability to react to a STF problem in
T- Train your body and improve your balance. Train your mind to be
aware of STF situations. Train your family. Train your friends. Train
This book is for those that want to find out from Thom Dish how to find
useful digitial tools, new information, breaking true stories, and trends and statistics to help prevent slips and falls.
@2018 Jackie Paulson
About the Author Thom Disch
A leading expert and speaker on slip, trip, and fall injuries in the United
States, Thom Disch has been compiling statistics and stories related to this
healthcare crisis for ten years. He is a serial entrepreneur and owns several companies
and nationally known brands, including Handi-Ramp (Handiramp.
com), PetSTEP International (Petstep.com), and Industrial Toolz, Inc.
(IndustrialToolz.com). He has developed dozens of products for the specific
purpose of reducing and preventing slips, trips and falls. These products have
won awards for innovation and many of his designs are patented by the US
Patent and Trademark Office. He has sold millions of dollars of fall prevention
products and solutions to homeowners, businesses and governmental offices.
For more information about these slip, trip and fall prevention products visit
Disch holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Oakland University and
a master’s degree in management from Northwestern University.