Port Angeles, Washington – Rescued Hiker in Critical Condition After Falling While on TrailRequest Free Consultation
Port Angeles, Washington (September 21, 2019) – A rescued hiker was reported to be in critical condition due to injuries sustained in a fall while hiking near the Lake Constance area. The hiker has been taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.
The accident happened within the area of the Olympic National Park. On Saturday evening a 911 call reported that a hiker had suffered a fall and required rescue. A rescue helicopter attempted to respond to the incident, but due to weather conditions a direct rescue could not be attempted. Rescue teams instead hiked to the location of the fall, and after the weather cleared the helicopter was able to return for a nighttime rescue.
About Falls and Related Injuries
According to the World Health Organization, falling down is the 2nd leading cause for accidental or unintentional deaths. This is second only to road traffic injuries as the leading cause of unintentional injury death. While most cases of falls are non-fatal, as seen in this case, it can still be cause for concern due to the injuries related with falls. An approximate amount of 37.3 million falls are said to require medical attention every year. Injuries may not always be serious, but have the potential to be life-threatening or disabling – examples of injures with long-term effects are broken bones (commonly fractures in the hip or wrist) or head injuries, as falls are the leading cause for traumatic brain injuries.
While falls are a matter of concern for all people, there are some factors which can make falls more risky for some. Age is one of these factors – particularly, the elderly and children are said to be at most risk in falls. Adults over the age of 65 are said to suffer the most number of fatal falls. Furthermore, adult victims may be more susceptible to future falls once they have sustained injuries from another fall. Children are at risk due to having developing bodies, and innate curiosity to explore. Factors such as environment, occupation, alcohol or substance use, and other medical conditions can also affect the risk of falls. As such, we urge everyone to do what they can to help prevent falls. Be sure to look out for hazards in the area which may lead to a fall. Keeping the body healthy is also a good way to help prevent falls, as a healthy body will have far more coordination and be ready to respond to a fall should it happen. There are many ways to ensure our safety, and preventing falls is one of them.