June 10, 2011

Bathroom Proves Risky For Many Americans

The U.S. government reported Thursday that hundreds of thousands of Americans injure themselves in the bathroom each year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) probed "nonfatal, unintentional bathroom injuries" in people age 15 and older.  The CDC found that 234,094 people were treated in the emergency room after bathing or using the toilet in 2008.

Bathing was identified as the "precipitating event" for injury in 37 percent of cases, followed by slipping while bathing in 17 percent of cases.

People who fell "standing from, sitting down on, or using the toilet" made up 14 percent of injury cases.

The report said the top diagnoses were contusion or abrasion, strain or sprain, and fracture.

About 85 percent of tub and shower injuries involved young people aged 15 to 24, while elderly people 85 and older saw more injuries on or near the toilet.

"Bathrooms commonly are believed to be a particularly hazardous location," the CDC said.

The agency said adding non-slip strips to tub floors and grab-handles to walls could cut back on bathroom spills.

"Increasing awareness of potentially hazardous activities in the bathroom, combined with these simple environmental changes, could benefit all household residents by decreasing the risk for injury."


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