The financial implications of falls in older people for an acute hospital.
AffiliationCork University Hospital. email@example.com
MeSHAccidental Falls/*economics/*prevention & control
Aged, 80 and over
Costs and Cost Analysis
Fractures, Bone/economics/prevention & control
Length of Stay
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CitationIr J Med Sci. 2006 Apr-Jun;175(2):11-3.
JournalIrish journal of medical science
AbstractBACKGROUND: Falls are a common occurrence in older people and frequently lead to hospital admission. There is a current lack of cohesive fall prevention strategies in the Republic of Ireland. AIM: To demonstrate the cost of fall-related admissions to an acute hospital. METHODS: A review of Hospital Inpatient Enquiry (HIPE) data and medical case notes was performed for all fall-related admissions over a one-year period. The cost of fall-related admissions was calculated. In addition a detailed cost analysis was performed to determine the true cost of a hip fracture admission. RESULTS: There were 810 fall-related admissions, resulting in 8,300 acute bed days, and 6,220 rehabilitation bed days, costing euros 10.3 million. Fall-related readmissions resulted in 650 bed-days, bringing the total cost to euros 10.8 million. A typical hip fracture incident admission episode costs euros 14,300. CONCLUSION: Fall-related admissions of olderpeople are a significant financial burden to the health service.
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