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8 key causes of accidents admitted to Accident and Emergency (A&E) dept. when patient is alone

Updated: Feb 25



When patients are brought to Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments as a consequence of incidents that occurred when they were alone, some of the most common causes of those accidents are as follows:



1. Falls:

Accidental falls are a common source of injury, particularly for those of advanced age or for those who struggle with mobility. Accidents such as slipping, tripping, or falling might bring about these injuries, which may include fractures, sprains, or head trauma.



2. Burns:

Burns are a common hazard that can be brought on by activities such as cooking, using hot equipment, or handling chemicals. Burns can range from mild to severe, needing medical intervention depending on the severity of the burn.



3. Choking:

When a person is by himself while eating or drinking, they run the risk of choking, which is a potentially fatal condition that requires immediate medical attention.



4. Cuts and lacerations:

Using sharp objects or equipment, as well as engaging in home improvement projects, might put individuals at risk for sustaining cuts and lacerations. They can range in severity from being easily treated to necessitating stitches or even surgery.



5. Poisoning:

Accidental intake of chemicals or pharmaceuticals, including prescription medication, can lead to poisoning. Poisoning is one of the most common types of medical emergencies.



6. Hypothermia or hyperthermia:

Hypothermia or hyperthermia - Being exposed to temperatures that are either extremely cold or extremely hot can cause hypothermia or hyperthermia, respectively, both of which can be fatal if they are not treated as soon as possible.



7. Head injuries:

Head injuries - Head injuries can be caused by falls or accidents, and they can vary from mild concussions to more serious traumatic brain damage. Concussions are the most common type of head injury.



8. Suffocation:

Suffocation: Suffocation can be caused by a variety of factors, including unintentional strangling, choking, inhalation of smoke or poisonous vapours, and inhalation of toxic fumes.



It is important to point out that the these example are only a few instances of the many different types of mishaps that can lead to people being admitted to A&E departments while they are on their own.


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