Contributor: Aaron Lessen, MD
- Emergency department evaluation of falls, particularly in the elderly, should include an assessment of risk factors
- Common causes of falls in the elderly include medications. Review medication list for sedating medications amongst others
- Consult with your hospital physical therapist to discuss fall prevention techniques with the patient
- One study has shown that a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach to geriatric falls in the ED can reduce return visits and hospital admissions.
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Albert M, Rui P, McCaig LF. Emergency department visits for injury and illness among adults aged 65 and over: United States, 2012-2013. NCHS Data Brief. 2017;(272):1–8.
Summarized by Will Dewispelaere, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD