DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Area hospitals are treating a lot of injuries related to the icy conditions.
We did some checking this afternoon. The Kettering Health Network reports 47 fall patients were treated at its emergency rooms.
Spokesperson Liz Long says injuries ranged from broken bones to head injuries.
Miami Valley Hospital also say it had at least a dozen injuries treated by noon time.
“Falls are a major problem especially for older adults,” said Kim Bigelow, University of Dayton Assistant Professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace. “Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury related deaths in adults age 65 and older”.
Bigelow and a group of University of Dayton graduate and PhD students have been studying the science behind falls in hopes of identifying ways to prevent them from happening.
“One of the things that we really concentrate on is why do people fall. One of the reasons is due to poor balance. Balance is actually dependent on a number of other factors including your vision, your vestibular system, which is your inner ears, if you feel dizzy or have a cold. Also, if you are taking many different kinds of medication, they may be interacting with each other,” she added.
University of Dayton researchers have also identified that changing surfaces can make people more susceptible to falls. They said extra caution should be used whether it is moving from carpet to tile or concrete to snow and ice.