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Be Caution about home accidents on coronavirus days Children and seniors fall most at home

Noting that the time spent at home has increased due to the Covid-19 outbreak caused by the coronavirus, experts warn that possible home accidents may increase in this period. Specialists, who noted that falls were the most common among home accidents, noted that falls were most common in children under 5-6 years of age and in individuals over 65 years old.

Uskudar University NPİSTANBUL Brain Hospital Orthopedics and Traumatology Specialist Professor. Dr. Mehmet Kerem Canbora said that falls are the most common among home accidents and that these falls are slippery or fall from height.

Noting that because of Covid-19 outbreak had to spend more time at home than ever before, Professor. Dr. Mehmet Kerem Canbora stated that more attention should be paid to home accidents in this sense

Children and older people fall the most

Stating that they are more likely to fall from height, surprisingly even if they are at home. Prof. Dr. Mehmet Kerem Canbora said, “Most falls in the house are falls from heights. crash is a house accident too. As a result of the crash, people can fall. Overall, the fall is happening in two populations. These; We can specify as children under the age of 5 -6 and older individuals over the age of 65. It can be either falling from a height, a bunk or a ladder, or falling from a window. Especially in children, we come across a lot. For this reason, the supervision of children is very important for reducing such accidents. If inside the home; we find falls in the room, kitchen and bathroom. We are also witnessing to fall from the stairs without handrails in double storey houses. There is also the risk of accident as a result of an incision during the time spent at home. We also come across twists and injuries. Especially housewives were in a large risk group, but since all family members are at home within the scope of Coronavirus Covid 19, this risk applies to everyone. ”

Be careful with the use of bunk beds!


Emphasizing that supervision of adults is very important in preventing home accidents for children. Prof Dr. Mehmet Kerem Canbora said, “In researches, regardless of age groups, human factor is in the first place in all home accidents and environmental factors are in the second place. It is mostly in the form of falling in children. Therefore, various measures can be taken. For example, when using bunk beds in a family with many children, children under 6 years old should not be admitted to the upper section. There should not be as many toys and items on the floor as possible in the sections where children run through the house like the corridor. Precautions should be taken to open or close the windows, and there should not be any items such as a cradle, bed or coffee table near the window. The windows must be empty. Another important point items should not be kept in high places. Heavy items should be on the floor, never keep heavy items in the sections above the shoulder level. Because it can fall on children and cause serious injuries. ”

Precautions should be taken for the advanced age group

Stating that environmental factors should be regulated for the advanced age group, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Kerem Canbora listed his suggestions as follows: “For the older age group, it is necessary to pay attention to the precautions for home accidents. If it is a two-storey house, there should never be any belongings on the stairs. Stairs must be handrails. Handles and hangers can be placed in the hallway and bathroom. Attention should also be paid to the slipperiness of the floors. The thresholds must be reset. Attention should also be paid to lighting for visual distress. It is also necessary to keep older individuals under surveillance. Because these falls may be of neurological origin. We see more fractures, especially hip fractures, in older individuals. For this reason, vitamin D and Calcium supplements should definitely be applied under doctor's control, especially in women.
Bone density should also be known and followed. In elderly individuals with visual and neurological impairment or severe osteoporosis, some clothes should be considered for the protection of hip and knee circumference and spine. Certain areas of clothing may be supported. It can be considered for simple bumps and falls.

Pay attention to cuts in the middle age group


Stating that they encountered more cuts in the middle age group in home accidents, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Kerem Canbora said, “The time spent in the kitchen has increased with the time spent at home due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Therefore, it is necessary to pay particular attention to cuts. For example, knives should definitely be stored in wood or similar preservatives. When using a knife, using a cutting board on a dry surface is also important to prevent finger cuts. Some cables should be eliminated in the kitchen. Having a first aid kit in an area close to the kitchen is important for the first intervention. ”