The Cost For Treating Fall Related Injuries

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It is estimated that 1 in 3 adults over 65 years of age will fall each year (Stanford Health Care, 2016). By the time seniors reach 80 years, the risk of falling is 1 in 2 persons (Stanford Health Care, 2016). Broken bones mean more medicine, doctors’ visits, and surgeries, increasing healthcare costs to both individuals and the medical system (Jang, M. S., Lee, Y. S., & Kim, J. T. (2014). In 2013, the cost for treating fall-related injuries was more than $34 billion in the U.S. (NCSL, 20116). That money pays for the 2.5 million emergency room visits, for 700,000 hospitalizations, and toward the 25,000 deaths per year as a result of falls (NCSL, 20116).
What is a fall?
The World Health Organization (2012) define falls as “an event which results in a person coming to rest inadvertently on the ground or floor or other lower level” (WHO, 2012). They can happen to anyone but are more likely to happen to those over 65 years (Rubenstein L. 2016). Individuals who have already fallen are more likely to fall and sustain an injury than those who haven’t (Rubenstein L. 2016). Because falls are not a result of just one cause, they stem from a myriad of reasons further inhibiting the prevention of them (Rubenstein L. 2016). The more we understand about falls and its complexities (Rubenstein L. 2016); the emotional, physical, and financial consequences, as well as the many ways we can prevent them; the more we are able to enjoy a high quality of life in our later years. There are 3…
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