Elderly Patients Treated for Falls may be more Likely to Suffer Later Adverse Events
Elderly patients who receive emergency care after a fall may be more likely to suffer adverse events in the months following that care, according to a new study. Researchers studied a group of 350 patients aged 65 and over who were treated in the ER for injuries after a fall, and found that half suffered an adverse event within six months. For 27 patients, or 7.7% of the study group, this occurred within the first seven days after treatment. The study also showed that patients who were taking sedative or psychiatric medications were more likely to suffer an adverse event, as were patients with diabetes or who take five or more medications.