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What to Do If Someone Falls

After a fall, panic is often the first reaction. However, it's important to remain calm. How you react after someone falls can cause more injuries than the fall itself. If you try to have the person get up too quickly or in the wrong position you may make an injury worse. Here are the steps to follow:

  • Have the person take several deep breaths, assess the situation and determine if he or she is hurt.
  • If you believe the person is injured, do not attempt to have them get up. Instead, call 911 or get help from another family member, neighbor or other person nearby.
  • If the preson feels strong enough to get up, he or she should follow the steps provided by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Want to learn more? Visit the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons at www.orthoinfo.aaos.org.

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