The cost and frequency of hospitalization for fall-related injuries in older adults

B. H. Alexander, F. P. Rivara, M. E. Wolf

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Abstract

Using a population-based hospital discharge registry with E codes, we examine the 1989 hospitalizations of older adults in Washington State for fall-related injuries. Fall-related trauma accounted for 5.3% of all hospitalizations of older adults, with hospital charges totaling $53 346 191, and resulted in discharge to nursing care more often than other such hospitalizations. An annual hospitalization rate of 13.5 per 1000 persons and an annual cost of $92 per person is reported. The importance of preventing fall-related injuries in older adults is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1020-1023
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume82
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992

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