Falls are a serious problem

I’ve known for a while that falls are a big problem, especially for the elderly. Some elderly relatives and acquaintances of mine sustained falls that started them down a path of medical trouble and –in some cases– death. A new report, The Burden of Falls in Wisconsin sheds some light on the role of falls in that state. Some key findings:

  • Fall are the leading cause of injury-related death in Wisconsin; higher than car crashes and suicides
  • 87 percent of fall-related deaths occur among those 65 and older
  • 55 percent of falls the cause death occur at home
  • 40 percent of those admitted to a nursing home had a fall within the month prior to admission

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has good information about how to prevent falls. I’m hoping to speak to one of their spokesmen soon.

August 13, 2010

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  1. One of the reasons that falls are so dangerous and life-threatening is a result of osteoporosis and low-bone density. When an elderly person falls and breaks their hip or pelvis, they often lose quality of life or worse. Only a small percent of these people receive appropriate treatment to prevent another fracture.

    Many health institutions across the US have recognized the gravity of falls and resulting fragility fractures by implementing the American Orthopaedic Association’s Own the Bone™ Quality Improvement Program.

    If you are interested in finding out more about the program, you can visit http://www.ownthebone.org to learn how the program ensures patients receive the falls prevention information they need, and how health care providers can use Own the Bone to build a multidisciplinary approach to improving patients’ bone health.

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