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Date:6/23/2008

d with age.
  • Most men (54.9 percent) and women (61.5 percent) hospitalized with a fall-related TBI spent two to six days in hospital.
  • The median charges for these hospitalizations were $19,191 for men and $16,006 for women.
  • The study was published in the June issue of the Journal of Safety Research.

    As more baby boomers reach retirement age, the increasing number of fall-related TBIs will become more of a burden on the health care system unless action is taken to prevent such injuries, Arias said.

    In the United States, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths and nonfatal injuries for people 65 and older. Each year, about one in three Americans age 65 and older suffers a fall, and 30 percent of falls cause injuries that require medical treatment. In 2005, nearly 16,000 older adults in the United States died from falls, 1.8 million were treated in emergency departments, and 433,000 were hospitalized.

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    The CDC has more about preventing brain injuries in seniors.



    -- Robert Preidt



    SOURCE: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, news release, June 23, 2008


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