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ED Revisits & Mortality in Older Adults after a Fall

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Researchers in Boston indicate that more than one-third of older adult ED fall patients appear to have an ED revisit or die within 1 year. Among patients who were an average age of 78.6 years old, ED revisit rates increased from 2% at 3 days to 25% at 1 year. Death rates increased from about 1% at 3 days to 15% at 1 year. More than 50% of patients revisited the ED during the 7-year study.

 

Source: American Journal of Emergency Medicine, August 2015.

 

An abstract of the study is available at www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0735675715002715.

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