AHRQ: Fall-related injuries land 1 in 10 seniors in emergency room

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Injurious falls among elderly adults accounted for 1 in 10 emergency department visits among those 65 and older in 2006, according to a new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Those elderly seen for injurious falls in the emergency department and then admitted to the hospital were more than twice as likely (65.7% to 28.4%) to be discharged to long-term care than patients admitted to the hospital from the emergency room with other conditions, the study found. Falls are the most common cause of nursing home admissions.

The most common reason for injurious-related emergency department visits among the elderly was fractures. Hip fractures accounted for about one in eight injurious fall-related emergency department visits among the elderly.

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