Complications of falling
WILKES-BARRE (WOLF) —
Dr. Abhi Freyer is the medical director of the ICU at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and in that capacity, he sees emergencies of all kinds.
“Falls can be very devastating,” Dr. Freyer of Commonwealth Health said, “But it’s also important to realize that the fall may have been a reflection of an undiagnosed medical condition. We are concerned about if the patient suffered a stroke that led to the fall, a cardiac event, or a significant metabolic derangement, including dehydration.”
Outdoors, we are still in a thaw-freeze cycle that makes parking lots and sidewalks treacherous.
At home there are all kinds of possibilities for falls from stairways, to bathrooms, to laundry rooms.
“The best advice is prevention,” Dr. Freyer added.
Here are some tips to avoid falls:
• Stay hydrated, dehydration can be a problem in cold temperatures that can lead to dizziness.
• Install handrails where needed around your home
• Don’t stand up too quickly, especially in the middle of the night
• And stay active to increase your strength and balance.
Dr. Freyer cautions that, for the older population, falls sometimes lead to broken bones, especially hips, which are more difficult to recover from than the original fall.