Serious poisonings among older adults: a study of hospitalization and mortality rates in Massachusetts 1983-85.

@article{Woolf1990SeriousPA,
  title={Serious poisonings among older adults: a study of hospitalization and mortality rates in Massachusetts 1983-85.},
  author={Alan David Woolf and S. Francis Fish and C V Azzara and Deborah Dean},
  journal={American journal of public health},
  year={1990},
  volume={80 7},
  pages={
          867-9
        }
}
We analyzed poisoning-related hospitalization and mortality rates among older adults living in Massachusetts during 1983-85. While poisoning-related hospitalization rates of individuals greater than or equal to 60 years were near the state average, death rates for men greater than or equal to 70 years and for women over 60 were higher than those of younger individuals. Medications and carbon monoxide were commonly implicated agents in these poisoning deaths. Older adults are more vulnerable to… CONTINUE READING