Preventing falls at home and Hematoma

Senior care experts offer the following advice for preventing falls at home:
  • Clean up clutter
  • Repair or remove tripping hazards
  • Install grab bars and handrails
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing
  • Light it right
  • Wear shoes
  • Make it nonslip
  • Live on one level

Review medications, have a caregiver, home monitor and use walker, cane, wheelchair, rollator, belt and other tools.

Potassium tablets can provide energy in the morning.

Interactions between medications can cause falls among the elderly.

Hematoma is very common when they fall.

A hematoma is a localized collection of blood outside the blood vessels, due to either disease or trauma including injury or surgery[1] and may involve blood continuing to seep from broken capillaries. A hematoma is initially in liquid form spread among the tissues including in sacs between tissues where it may coagulate and solidify before blood is reabsorbed into blood vessels. An ecchymosis is a hematoma of the skin larger than 10mm.[2]

They may occur among/within many areas such as fat, skin and other organs, connective tissues, bone, joints and muscle.

A collection of blood (or even a hemorrhage) may be aggravated by anticoagulant medication (blood thinner). Blood seepage and collection of blood may occur if heparin is given via an intramuscular route; to avoid this, heparin must be given intravenously or subcutaneously.

It is not to be confused with hemangioma, which is an abnormal buildup/growth of blood vessels in the skin or internal organs.

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