Wash. medics focus on geriatric falls prevention

A community resource specialist will go to peoples' homes to help them identify hazards


By Ted Land
KING 5 News

EVERETT, Wash. — Falls are a leading cause of serious injury for older Americans. As baby boomers age, the problem is only getting worse.

Snohomish County Fire District 1 is trying to catch the problem before it gets any worse.

"Falls are a huge, huge volume of our calls, we responded to approximately a thousand falls calls last year and those are people with injuries," said Kristen Thorstenson, a new community resource specialist who is focusing mostly on fall prevention.

Read full story: Snohomish Co. paramedics trying to reduce growing number of fall injuries

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