Fall injuries among older adults in emergency departments

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.

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