Fall injuries are the leading cause of geriatric ED and hospital visits for injury in the United States.
- 13+ million elders fall annually; about 9 million of those fallers report injury
- 3 million visit a hospital sponsored emergency room annually
- 80% of the elders leave the ED confused about what happened to them and what to do next
- 50% do not fill their prescriptions or see their primary care doctor. These post ED fallers will fall again in the next six months (and ultimately account for 50% to 80% of the $29 billion annual
Medicare and Medicaid costs of falls)
- Another 1.4 million elders visit the ED annually for episodes of dizziness and syncope which have not yet resulted in a drop event, but which put the elders at high risk of falling.
Geriatric fallers, in the ED, are admitted to the hospital about 30% of the time. Fallers represent 730,000 hospital admissions annually and 400,000 nursing home admissions.
Geriatric fall injuries rose by 46% from 2001 to 2011 (a rate more than 700% of elder population growth).