Preventing common injuries in the home

If you have hemophilia, your blood does not clot properly. After bleeding starts, it takes longer for bleeding to stop than in a person who has blood that clots normally. Because a bleeding episode often begins with an injury, it is important to help prevent falls in the home.

  • Remove and repair household hazards that can cause falls, including:
    • Slippery floors. Use nonskid floor wax, and wipe up spills immediately.
    • Poor lighting.
    • Cluttered walkways. Rearrange furniture to keep furniture out of walking paths.
    • Throw rugs. Fasten area carpets to the floor with tape or tacks, and do not use rugs that slip easily.
    • Raised doorway thresholds.
    • Electrical cords. Rearrange cords to keep them out of walking paths.
  • Keep furniture or other items that have sharp edges away from normal pathways through your house.
    • Remove square or rectangular coffee tables.
    • Pad the rocks around fireplaces.
  • Take precautions when you go outdoors.
    • If you live in an area that gets snow and ice in the winter, have a family member or friend sprinkle salt or sand on slippery steps and sidewalks.
  • Check the condition of your shoes on a regular basis.
    • Check the heels and soles of your shoes for wear.
    • Repair or replace worn heels or soles.
    • Wear low-heeled shoes that fit well and give your feet good support.
    • Avoid loose-fitting shoes, which can cause you to lose your balance and fall.
    • Wear slippers or shoes that have nonskid soles.

Last Updated: August 13, 2009

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