To examine national trends in fall injuries among older adults treated in emergency departments (ED) and project these injuries until the year 2030.
The Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System were used to generate data on fall-related injuries treated in the ED.
Joinpoint regression analysis was used to examine the average annual change in injury rates over time.
Fall-related injury and hospitalization rates increased on average by 2% (95% CI 1.5% to 2.7%) and by 4% (95% CI 2.9% to 5.0%) per year, respectively.
Assuming the increase in fall-related injury rates remains unchanged, the number of fall-related injuries may increase to 5.7 million by the year 2030.
Fall-related injuries among older adults treated in ED increased in the USA during the study period. Moreover, a marked increase in the number of these injuries may occur over the next decades.
Dr. Hasanat Alamgir served as an Associate Professor at New York Medical College, New York.