State Falls Facts

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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)
State Fall Facts

  • 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)
chronic conditions and falls

Fall-related Injuries and Deaths

Fall-related Injuries and Deaths are Only the Tip of the Iceberg (Comparison of 2009 to 2014)

2009 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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