Falls affecting older people

Falls and consequent injuries are major public health problems which often require medical attention but also may change future living conditions of the patient. Should fall incidents continue at today’s rate with an ageing Australian population it will leave a physical and financial burden on to the medical system.

Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week 8-14 May 2017 – Speed up the solutions

The UN Road Safety Collaboration is pleased to announce that the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week will be held from 8-14 May 2017. The Week will focus on speed and what can be done to address this key risk factor for road traffic deaths and injuries. Speed contributes to around one-third of all fatal road traffic crashes in high-income countries, and up to half in low- and middle-income countries.

Trampoline safety

Rise in serious trampoline injuries in children worries trauma specialists. Dr Teague said the anecdotal evidence suggested many children were being injured when multiple were jumping on a trampoline at the same time. “If you have multiple users on the trampoline, I would liken it to cage fighting,” he said.

Reminder: Falls Prevention Webinar – Wed 12 April 2017 @ 11am ACST

Unintentional injury is the biggest issue in community safety and when it comes to unintentional injury the most common injury will result from falling. Falls are the cause of more hospital admissions and injury statistics than any other safety issue. But, falls draw less media attention than most other safety issues. Public awareness about the risk and frequency of falls, and the extent of injury and impairment that can result is alarmingly low.

Ladder safety matters – Nick’s Story

Stop and think before you use a ladder. • choose the right ladder for the job • don’t work in wet or windy conditions • take time to set up your ladder • work safely up the ladder • have another person hold the ladder
• know your limits and work to your ability.

A huge international study of gun control finds strong evidence that it actually works

“……Santaella-Tenorio’s study (co-authored with Columbia professors Magdalena Cerdá and Sandro Galea, as well as the University of North Carolina’s Andrés Villaveces) examined roughly 130 studies that had been conducted in 10 different countries. Each of those 130 studies had looked at some specific change in gun laws and its effect on homicide and/or suicide rates. … Continued

Keep children safe from button batteries

  Every week, around 20 Australian children present to an emergency department following exposure to button batteries, including ingestions and insertions. Keep products with button batteries out of sight and out of reach of small children. Kids are like little safecrackers – they get into everything, including products and devices that use button batteries. If … Continued