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Trends in fall-related injuries among older adults treated in emergency departments in the USA
  1. Carlos H Orces1,
  2. Hasanat Alamgir2
  1. 1Department of Medicine, Laredo Medical Center, Laredo, Texas, USA
  2. 2University of Texas Health Science Center, School of Public Health, San Antonio, Texas, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Carlos H Orces, Laredo Medical Center, Department of Medicine, 1700 East Saunders, Laredo, TX 78041, USA; corces07{at}


To examine national trends in fall-related 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 was used to generate data on fall-related injuries treated in ED. Joinpoint regression analysis was used to examine the average annual change in injury rates over time.

Fall-related injury and hospitalisation 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.

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