According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries. Each year more than 800,000 people are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or fracture.
Memorial Hermann Red Duke Trauma Institute and Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital recently teamed up with the Vic Coppinger Family YMCA to host a Fall Prevention and Balance Day. The event offered attendees fall prevention education, fall risk screens as well as home safety education regarding fall hazards.
“Falls are the most common reason people come to our Emergency Center in the Texas Medical Center and we know falls are also a major issue in the Pearland area, said Sarah Schwaller, adult injury prevention coordinator for the Institute. “Our goal is to help educate people on ways to prevent falls and to provide them with information on how to avoid falls altogether and make their homes safer.”
Residents in the Pearland area will soon have the opportunity to enroll in a free fall prevention class that will be scheduled in early 2017. For more information email our injury prevention coordinators at email@example.com.