CE article: Fall-related litigation growing

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By Frances W. Sills, RN, MSN, ARNP

“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall; Humpty Dumpty had a great fall; All the Kings horses and all the Kings men couldn’t put Humpty together again.”

As the number of people 65 years and older increases, so does the number of them who fall. Falling and its resulting injuries are an important public health problem for older adults and other ages if they are at risk for falling.

The National Safety Council estimates that individuals over 65 have the highest mortality rate from injuries resulting from a fall. Among older adults, injuries cause more deaths than either pneumonia or diabetes. Falls are accounting for about one-half of the deaths due to injury in the older adult.

Approximately 30% of all community-dwelling elderly, and 50% of nursing home residents 65 and older, fall each year.

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