Falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults.
- 1 in every 3 adults, ages 65 and older, fall each year.
- Falls are the leading cause of accidental death (43%) among people 65 or older in Vermont. (See Figure 1)
- Fall-related emergency department visits have increased in the past from 5,105 per 100,000 in 2010 to 5,628 per 100,000 in 2011.
- Each year, more people 65 or older in Vermont die from falls than in motor vehicle crashes.
- People with a chronic condition are significantly more likely to experience a fall compared to those people with no chronic conditions. (See Figure 2)
Fall-related Injuries and Deaths
Fall-related Injuries and Deaths are Only the Tip of the Iceberg (Comparison of 2009 to 2014)
|Deaths from Falls||118||137|
|Hospitalizations from Falls||1,657||2,134|
|Emergency Department Visits from Falls||5,445||20,293|
|Total Hospitalization Charges from Falls||$39,400,000||$61,519,268|
|Sources: Vermont Vital Statistics System, 2014; Vermont Uniform Hospital Discharge Date Set, 2014.|
- The average hospital cost for a fall injury is over $30,000 and more than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling.
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