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10 Objects That Cause the Most ER Visits

        Health | ER

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Beds and Mattresses

Beds and mattresses send more than 714,000 people to the emergency department each year. The biggest causes of bedroom injuries? Strains and falls.

While many new mattresses no longer require flipping to keep them in good condition, you may find you still need to rotate your mattress twice a year. A queen-sized coil mattress, for example, is 60 by 80 inches (152 by 203 centimeters) and weighs about 100 pounds (45.4 kilograms) -- and if you've traded that for a memory foam mattress you'll be moving between 60 and 150 pounds (27.2 and 68 kilograms) depending on its size [source: Amerisleep]. Remember to lift and lower with your legs, keep your feet shoulder-width apart, work slowly and ask a buddy to help -- handling something as large and awkward as a mattress is not a one-man job.

Falling off of or out of bed may also cause injuries severe enough to require ER treatment, from bumps and fractures to more serious problems such as head injury. Increase your bedroom safety by keeping clutter off the floor, improving your lighting, trading your satin sheets for cotton and adjusting the height of your bed so it's easy to get in and out of.


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