The cost and frequency of hospitalization for fall-related injuries in older adults.

@article{Alexander1992TheCA,
  title={The cost and frequency of hospitalization for fall-related injuries in older adults.},
  author={Bruce H. Alexander and Frederick P. Rivara and Marsha E. Wolf},
  journal={American journal of public health},
  year={1992},
  volume={82 7},
  pages={1020-3}
}
Using a population-based hospital discharge registry with E codes, we examine the 1989 hospitalizations of older adults in Washington State for fall-related injuries. Fall-related trauma accounted for 5.3% of all hospitalizations of older adults, with hospital charges totaling $53,346,191, and resulted in discharge to nursing care more often than other such hospitalizations. An annual hospitalization rate of 13.5 per 1000 persons and an annual cost of $92 per person is reported. The importance… CONTINUE READING