Globally, falls are a major public health problem. An estimated 684 000 fatal falls occur each year, making it the second leading cause of unintentional injury death, after road traffic injuries. Over 80% of fall-related fatalities occur in low- and middle-income countries, with regions of the Western Pacific and South East Asia accounting for 60% of these deaths. In all regions of the world, death rates are highest among adults over the age of 60 years.
Though not fatal, approximately 37.3 million falls severe enough to require medical attention occur each year. Globally, falls are responsible for over 38 million DALYs (disability-adjusted life years) lost each year(2), and result in more years lived with disability than transport injury, drowning, burns and poisoning combined.
While nearly 40% of the total DALYs lost due to falls worldwide occurs in children, this measurement may not accurately reflect the impact of fall-related disabilities for older individuals who have fewer life years to lose. In addition, those individuals who fall and suffer a disability, particularly older people, are at a major risk for subsequent long-term care and institutionalization.
The financial costs from fall-related injuries are substantial. For people aged 65 years or older, the average health system cost per fall injury in the Republic of Finland and Australia are US$ 3611 and US$ 1049 respectively. Evidence from Canada suggests the implementation of effective prevention strategies with a subsequent 20% reduction in the incidence of falls among children under 10 years of age could create a net savings of over US$ 120 million each year.
Elderly people's accidental falls:
When the old man was crossing the street, he walked too fast, lost his balance and fell down
The old man fell down on his bicycle
The old man fainted outside and fell heavily forward
The elderly man fell while doing rehabilitation exercises in the corridor of the hospital
The old man tripped while walking his dog
Accidental falls are all around us:
Fall down stairs carelessly, repeatedly roll down many stairs
A woman slipped at home and hit her waist against a home appliance
Even big stars can't avoid falling down:
NBA player Shaquille O 'Neal tripped during a taping
International supermodel falls at runway show
An artist accidentally slipped while recording a show
S-AIRBAG Remind You：
If accidentally fall, be sure not to get up in a hurry to prevent more serious secondary injury. Whether you are injured or not, tell others or seek medical attention immediately.