According to a new CDC study published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), an estimated 234,000 people ages 15 and older were treated in U.S. emergency departments (ED) in 2008 for injuries that occurred in bathrooms. Four out of 5 of these injuries were caused by falls—which can have especially serious consequences for older adults. Almost one-third (30 percent) of adults aged 65 and above who were injured in bathrooms were diagnosed with fractures. Among adults aged 85 and older, 38 percent were hospitalized as a result of their injuries. Certain home safety measures may reduce the risk for all household members of being injured in the bathroom. Safe steps are a must - and can be achieve by simply adding non-slip surfaces to reduce slips and easily accessible grab bars for added support, along with walkin tubs..
The takeaway? Avoid fall risk in the bathroom with a walk-in bathtub.
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