An Emergency Room Visit For Elderly

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Every year, 1 in 3 adults over the age of 65 years will fall at least once. According to Williams, Szekendi & Thomas (2013), “A fall is defined by the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators as an unplanned descent to the floor or extension of the floor with or without injury to the patient” (p. 19). Falls are the leading cause of death or reason for an emergency room visit for elderly. Research has shown that physicians recognize the prevalence, and can identify risks of falls, yet they are not regularly administering some form of fall risk assessment to their patients (Smith et al., 2015). So where is improvement needed? What is being done to reduce the incidents of falls within the healthcare facility? With the rising medical costs associated with falls and the injury it is posing to the patients, the safety of patients and prevention of falls has become a leading research target. Throughout this paper the three more common causations to falls will be addressed, along with the three top preventions and interventions the health care facilities are focusing on in order to decrease the rising number of falls.
There are many risks associated with falling, some intrinsic and some extrinsic. Age, gender, medical history, history of falls, environmental factors, ambulatory aids, mobility impairment, and medications are some of the main contributors. Upon entering a health care facility, the nursing and staff are responsible for addressing the chief complaint of

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