Hospitalisations due to falls in older persons.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/127346
Title:
Hospitalisations due to falls in older persons.
Authors:
Carey, D; Laffoy, Marie
Affiliation:
Department of Public Health, HSE Eastern Region, Dr Steevens' Hospital, Dublin 8. deirdre.carey1@mailf.hse.ie
Citation:
Hospitalisations due to falls in older persons. 2005, 98 (6):179-81 Ir Med J
Journal:
Irish medical journal
Issue Date:
Jun-2005
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/127346
PubMed ID:
16097510
Abstract:
This paper describes hospitalisations due to falls among people aged 65 years and over resident in the Eastern Region of Ireland. Of the 2,029 hospitalisations recorded for 2002, 78% were female and 68% were aged 75 years and over. Fractures accounted for 1,697 or 84% of cases with nearly half of them (841) sustained to the hip. Females were more likely to have a limb fracture whereas males were more likely to have a head injury. The total inpatient costs of the 2,029 hospitalisations were estimated at 10.6 million euros. Hip fractures were the costliest injuries as they accounted for 7.4 million euros (70%) of inpatient costs. There are also substantial additional costs implications for hip fractures as they constituted the majority (56%) of cases transferred to nursing/convalescent homes or long-stay health facilities. In keeping with an ageing population, the problem of injuries in older people is likely to increase over time and as falls are the dominant cause of those injuries, all acute and long-stay health facilities need to develop and implement fall prevention strategies for older people.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
MeSH:
Accidental Falls; Age Distribution; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Female; Hospitalization; Humans; Ireland; Male; Sex Distribution
ISSN:
0332-3102

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorCarey, Den
dc.contributor.authorLaffoy, Marieen
dc.date.accessioned2011-04-06T08:34:22Z-
dc.date.available2011-04-06T08:34:22Z-
dc.date.issued2005-06-
dc.identifier.citationHospitalisations due to falls in older persons. 2005, 98 (6):179-81 Ir Med Jen
dc.identifier.issn0332-3102-
dc.identifier.pmid16097510-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/127346-
dc.description.abstractThis paper describes hospitalisations due to falls among people aged 65 years and over resident in the Eastern Region of Ireland. Of the 2,029 hospitalisations recorded for 2002, 78% were female and 68% were aged 75 years and over. Fractures accounted for 1,697 or 84% of cases with nearly half of them (841) sustained to the hip. Females were more likely to have a limb fracture whereas males were more likely to have a head injury. The total inpatient costs of the 2,029 hospitalisations were estimated at 10.6 million euros. Hip fractures were the costliest injuries as they accounted for 7.4 million euros (70%) of inpatient costs. There are also substantial additional costs implications for hip fractures as they constituted the majority (56%) of cases transferred to nursing/convalescent homes or long-stay health facilities. In keeping with an ageing population, the problem of injuries in older people is likely to increase over time and as falls are the dominant cause of those injuries, all acute and long-stay health facilities need to develop and implement fall prevention strategies for older people.-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subject.meshAccidental Falls-
dc.subject.meshAge Distribution-
dc.subject.meshAged-
dc.subject.meshAged, 80 and over-
dc.subject.meshFemale-
dc.subject.meshHospitalization-
dc.subject.meshHumans-
dc.subject.meshIreland-
dc.subject.meshMale-
dc.subject.meshSex Distribution-
dc.titleHospitalisations due to falls in older persons.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Public Health, HSE Eastern Region, Dr Steevens' Hospital, Dublin 8. deirdre.carey1@mailf.hse.ieen
dc.identifier.journalIrish medical journalen

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