Keeping People with Special Needs Safe From Head Injuries from Falls
Many caregivers and guardians frequently assume that only children with special needs are at risk for falling but the same can be true for adolescent and older adults as a result fall injuries. No age group is completely safe from head trauma, and the utilization of dependable safety headgear is of extreme importance for both children and adults, particularly those individuals with certain medical conditions, special needs, balance concerns, epilepsy or seizures.
There has been extensive research conducted on the impacts of wearing a protective cap to reduce the risk of head injuries originated as a result of a collision. In actuality, even a fall from a low elevated surface such as a bed can result in head trauma.
To determine the best type of helmet, begin by remembering that a good helmet also needs to be adjustable so that it is snug, lightweight, stays put and is very comfortable. Regardless of the direction in which the individual falls, the protective helmet should minimize the impact so it is crucial that the headgear stays on securely during the fall.
Some types of epilepsy make the person inclined to drop attacks, these seizures lead to individuals falling wherever it occurs. Those people should protective helmets to protect their heads in the event that they fall against concrete or any other hard surface. In fact, Plum’s® ProtectaCap® custom-fitting protective headgear is recommended by the Epilepsy Foundation. Protective headgear is also important for individuals with hemophilia, autism, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, people who are at risk for head injuries and for post surgery following craniotomy, craniotomy and shunts. The most important criteria for choosing a protective helmet are its proven superior safety effectiveness and a lightweight comfortable fit. Plum’s® ProtectaCap® custom-fitting protective headgear and ProtectaCap+Plus® advanced fall safety protective helmet meet those criteria.
Sometimes a protective helmet can make a huge difference between a minor fall and a trip to the emergency room at the hospital. As the Boston Medical Center indicated “For children who have frequent seizures that cause them to fall to the ground, helmets are recommended”.