School of Medicine and Health Sciences Poster Presentations

Title

Falls-Related Emergency Department Visits Among Older Adults

Poster Number

205

Document Type

Poster

Publication Date

3-2016

Abstract

Falls are the the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injury in adults over the age of 65 years.1 In fact, one in three adults in this age group experiences a fall each year, resulting in a large number of Emergency Departmenin more than 2.5 million emergency department visits.1,2 and a significant financial burden. As a Level I trauma center, the George Washington University Hospital anecdotally cares for many elderly patients after a fall. However, there is are no baseline demographic data for these types of injuries. This research aims to fill that void. This e study is a research will conductconduct a retrospective chart review of older adults (age 65 years and older) evaluated for a fall related injury who presented toat tThe George Washington University Hospital Emergency Department for evaluation of a fall related injury between February 1, 2014 and February 28, 2015. The information provided in data abstracted from the visit records will include parameters such as patient medical history, location of fall, as well as information regarding the Emergency Department work up. As this research is currently ongoing, there are no results available at this time. However, the Department of Emergency Medicine Center for Injury Prevention and control hopes the results will establish a baseline understanding of demographic and shed light on identify circumstances contributing to fall related injuries among older adults in our local population. Theseis is data are especially important given the agining population and possible need will contribute to the development for of additional research projects and or interventions.

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Falls-Related Emergency Department Visits Among Older Adults

Falls are the the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injury in adults over the age of 65 years.1 In fact, one in three adults in this age group experiences a fall each year, resulting in a large number of Emergency Departmenin more than 2.5 million emergency department visits.1,2 and a significant financial burden. As a Level I trauma center, the George Washington University Hospital anecdotally cares for many elderly patients after a fall. However, there is are no baseline demographic data for these types of injuries. This research aims to fill that void. This e study is a research will conductconduct a retrospective chart review of older adults (age 65 years and older) evaluated for a fall related injury who presented toat tThe George Washington University Hospital Emergency Department for evaluation of a fall related injury between February 1, 2014 and February 28, 2015. The information provided in data abstracted from the visit records will include parameters such as patient medical history, location of fall, as well as information regarding the Emergency Department work up. As this research is currently ongoing, there are no results available at this time. However, the Department of Emergency Medicine Center for Injury Prevention and control hopes the results will establish a baseline understanding of demographic and shed light on identify circumstances contributing to fall related injuries among older adults in our local population. Theseis is data are especially important given the agining population and possible need will contribute to the development for of additional research projects and or interventions.