Thousands of falls in elderly should be prevented: report

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Thousands of falls in elderly should be prevented: report

Thousands of deaths among the elderly could be prevented with action to prevent falls, NHS managers have said.

Falls in elderly people is one of the leading causes of death in the over 75s due to complications caused by fractures.

Well coordinated care between the NHS and social care, emergency services and GPs could prevent 30 per cent of falls, according to a report by the NHS Confederation.

There are 89,000 cases hip fracture in Britain, one of the highest rates in Europe, most of which are sustained during a fall.

The charity Age UK has estimated 7,000 lives could be saved in the over 65s each year if widespread exercise programmes were implemented to prevent hip fractures from falls.

The report highlights that the Department of Health has estimated that a falls prevention strategy could reduce the number of falls by 15 to 30 per cent

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One thought on “Thousands of falls in elderly should be prevented: report

  1. ‘The charity Age UK has estimated 7,000 lives could be saved in the over 65s each year if widespread exercise programmes were implemented to prevent hip fractures from falls.’
    Totally agree this could be prevented

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