Fixing a $150 billion healthcare crisis
Since 1999, we have reduced deaths from heart disease 15%. Deaths caused by auto accidents are down 12%. But deaths from falls have increased over 150%. Both injuries and deaths caused by falls are at record highs and the problem continues to grow. We’ve learned how to fix the human heart and we have made driving safer. Now is the time to focus on preventing fall injuries.
Falls are the leading cause of emergency room visits in the US, with over 9 million injuries in 2014. Stop the Slip shows how you can prevent these injuries. Thom Disch combines personal, real life stories with an in-depth look at this problem. Everyone falls, but falls don’t just happen, they’re preceded by other events. When you eliminate those events, you reduce the risk of falling. Following the simple five step A-L-E-R-T System™ will reduce your risk of falling.
As you read this book you’ll also discover many interesting and surprising facts. For example: Falls kill 7 times more people than the flu. Winter weather appears to be a much smaller cause of fall deaths than you might expect. Falls cause nearly 4 times more emergency room visits than auto accidents.
There is undeniable proof that falls are preventable. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to learn how you can reduce the risk of a fall injury.