The Bathroom Is The Most Hazardous Room In The House

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that approximately 235,000 people over the age of 15 suffer nonfatal bathroom injuries each year and the injury rate increases with age. According to the report, falls were the most common cause of injury and the head or neck was the primary part of the body injured. Among bathroom injuries, most occurred in or around the bathtub, though the percentage of injuries that happened near or on the toilet was highest among persons over the age of 85. Judy A. Stevens, lead author of the report, said injuries getting on and off the toilet are quite high in people 65 and older and having grab bars by the toilet would be helpful. The precipitating event in 37 percent of injuries was bathing, showering or getting out of the tub. Standing up from, sitting down on, or using the toilet was the cause of 14 percent of injuries. More here and here.

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