Xinhua News Agency, Changchun, November 24th (Reporter Zhao Dandan) Changchun has experienced frequent snowfalls in recent days, and the road surface is very slippery. Many elderly people suffered fractures and injuries due to falls. The doctor reminded: In case of rain and snow, middle-aged and elderly friends should minimize going out. If you must travel, you should wear non-slip shoes, take small steps when walking, stretch your head slightly forward, and lean forward slightly to ensure that your center of gravity moves forward. Step on each step before taking the next step to avoid slipping and injury.
The reporter learned from many hospitals in Changchun that due to the recent frequent rain and snow, the number of patients with bone injuries in emergency and orthopedic clinics has increased significantly. In the People’s Hospital of Jilin Province, the ward of the Department of Traumatology and Osteopathy is full of beds.
“Just thinking about walking downstairs, I didn’t expect that the soles of my feet slipped and my wrists were comminuted fractures with my hands, and I needed surgery. I can’t go anywhere this time.” I was hospitalized in the Department of Traumatology and Orthopedics. Said Mr. Huang, a 60-year-old patient.
According to Cui Yang, deputy chief physician of the First Department of Traumatology and Bone Diseases, Jilin Provincial People’s Hospital, wrist injuries account for a large proportion of fall patients. Many people are accustomed to supporting the ground with their hands when they slip and fall. In fact, it is wrong to do so and it is easy to cause wrist fractures.
”In addition to the easy fracture of the wrist, fractures of the hip and lumbar spine are also particularly frequent, and they are more serious than wrist fractures.” Cui Yang said that the elderly can easily cause lumbar fractures if they sit down gently. If you do not receive proper treatment after a fracture, the mild ones are often accompanied by pain, which affects the quality of life; in the severe cases, you cannot walk independently, you will lose the ability to take care of yourself and even be life-threatening.
Cui Yang reminded that the handling of the elderly after a fall is very important. First of all, after a fall, you should call a professional for help quickly, do not move, stand and walk without authorization, to avoid fracture displacement, aggravation of soft tissue damage or secondary vascular and nerve damage. Secondly, do not apply heat or massage to the injured area without authorization to avoid spreading the blood stasis and aggravate the fracture. In addition, if it is determined that it is an ordinary fall injury and there is no fracture, you should pay attention to the warmth of the fall injury.
Winter is cold and slippery, and the clothes are clunky. Experts suggest that the elderly should be accompanied by family members as much as possible. If conditions do not permit, don’t “fight”, and timely “cat winter” is also necessary.