January 30, 2023

Bath Safety and Slip and Fall Prevention with Dr. Banks and Kristen Voivedich, FNP

This January is Bath Safety and Slip and Fall Prevention Month– a perfect time to highlight the work of local Steward Medical Group doctor, Dr. Kristine Banks and nurse practitioner Kristen Voivedich.

Towards the end of 2022, Voivedich left her previous role at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas to join Dr. Banks’ practice, Southeast Texas Orthopedics, which specializes in sports medicine and orthopedic surgery. According to Dr. Banks, one of the most rewarding aspects of her job is “helping people return to less painful more function, and allowing them to get back to the activities that they want to do.” Voivedich echoes this sentiment, stating that the most rewarding part of her work with Dr. Banks is “seeing patients come in, getting them on a treatment plan, and seeing that they’ve made improvements.”

In the new year, Voivedich's goal is to ensure that more Port Arthur residents are aware of the life-changing orthopedic care that Dr. Banks and herself are able to provide for patients.

This January, we urge everyone to practice extra caution, especially in bathrooms where there is a particularly high risk for falls and injury, especially for seniors. According to the CDC, more than one in four seniors falls every year, resulting in serious injury ranging from broken bones to head injuries to hip fractures. Voivedich and Dr. Banks also want to recommend local senior residents to consider hiring an outside agency to do a “Fall Risk Assessment.” During an assessment, outside experts will do a sweep of the home to pinpoint where anti-fall infrastructure is needed, install handrails and other equipment in bathrooms and identify any objects in the home that could pose danger.

Dr. Banks also suggests that community members monitor the weather for ice or rain, wear supportive shoes, and use ramps, guided stairs, and assistive devices (canes, walkers) if needed.