The top three preventable causes of injury-related death in the United States are poisoning, motor vehicle accidents, and falls. These three causes account for 82% of all preventable deaths. Suffocation, drowning, fires and burns, and natural disasters all account for less than 5% of the total number of deaths. While the top causes of deaths are those three, the top cause of injuries that send people to the ER is falls. Falls account for 31% of all preventable non-fatal injuries. The chances of injury or death relating to falls increases with age, replacing poisoning as the top cause of injury or death.
The Gainesville Times reports that the number one cause of injuries in Hall County is more common than car crash injuries. According to the Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s trauma program and Hall County Fire services, they see more victims of falls than any other type of injury. In 2019, Hall County Fire services responded to 3,046 incidents related to ground-level falls. May alone had 309 falls, their busiest month.
North Georgia Medical Center’s trauma program manager Jesse Gibson says that in her section of the hospital she sees more injuries from falls than from motor vehicle crashes. In 2018, Gibson said that 2,125 patients were entered into the trauma registry. 54% of those registered had injuries related to a fall. Motor vehicle crashes accounted for 25% of trauma patients registered. Between October 1, 2019, through January 14, 2020, 64% of the trauma program’s patients had been victims of a fall. Around 65% of patients in the hospital that are treated in the trauma section are between 50 to 90 years of age.
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