Prevention of hip fracture in elderly people with use of a hip protector
An external hip protector can reduce the rate of hip fractures in frail elderly people. In a study of 1,801 elderly people, the hip protector reduce the hip fracture rate about 50%. The protectors consist of thick pads that are placed in the inside pockets of a special undergarment.
Publication Name: The New England Journal of Medicine
Increasing number and incidence of fall-induced severe head injuries in older adults: Nationwide statistics in Finland in 1970-1995 and prediction for the future
It appears, in Finland, that the number of fall-induced severe head injuries in elderly Finnish women and men is increasing at a rate that cannot be explained based on demographic changes along. Vigorous preventive measures should be put into place to control the number of the injuries. Patients 60 years of age or older admitted to hospitals in Finland for primary treatment of a first fall-induced severe head injury, 1970-95, have been studied to find recent trends in numbers and incidence of some kinds of fall-induced injuries in older adults. A group of patients in the 30-39 age range were a reference group.
Publication Name: American Journal of Epidemiology
Fall-Induced Injuries and Deaths Among Older Adults
The number of elderly people injured in a fall is increasing and the increase cannot be explained by an increase in the number of elderly. Researchers in Finland analyzed the rate of injury and death from falls among all people 50 years old or older between 1970 and 1995. During this time period, the number of fall-related injuries increased from 494 for every 100,000 people to 1,398 per 100,000 people, a 183% increase. Even after adjusting for age, the rate of injury increased 127% in women and 124% in men. However, fall-related deaths did not increase after adjustment for age.
Publication Name: JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association
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