Even ground-level falls can be serious for older patients

Kevin Magna

November 15, 2010

A new study published in The Journal of Trauma: Injury, Infection, and Critical Care has found that even a fall from ground level can result in severe injury or even death in those who are age 70 or over, according to SeniorJournal.com.

Researchers analyzed a total of 52,302 patients who had suffered from falls from 2001 to 2005. Those who were 70 and over were found to be three times as likely to die from a short fall than younger patients.

"There is the potential to minimize what people see as a relatively trivial issue, such as slipping and falling on a wet tile floor. Our research shows that falls from low levels shouldn't be underestimated in terms of how bad they can be, especially in older patients," said lead author of the study Dr. Julius Cheng, according to the news provider.

Seniors who wish to avoid a fall may want to invest in a medical alarm. This device can be used to send a personal emergency response message to doctors in the case of an injury, ensuring that treatment is obtained as soon as possible.

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