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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Ditch the Throw Rugs, Seniors!

Ditch the Throw Rugs, Seniors!
Most fall-related hip fractures among elderly people in a New England study occurred in warm months and indoors -- with throw rugs a common culprit. "Given the results of this study, it appears that efforts to decrease fall risk among the elderly living in cold climates should not be preferentially aimed at preventing outdoor fractures in winter," said study author Dr. Jason Guercio. Instead, preventive efforts should focus on conditions present year-round, and especially on indoor risk, said Guercio. The researchers analyzed details about hip fractures suffered by 544 patients treated at the Hospital of Central Connecticut between 2013 and 2016.
More than 55 percent of the hip fractures occurred during warm months, with the highest rates in May, September and October (around 10 percent each). In addition, the investigators found that more than three-quarters of the hip fractures occurred indoors. Moreover, 60 percent of outdoor fractures occurred from May through October, not in the depths of winter. The most common cause of both indoor and outdoor hip fracture? Tripping over an obstacle. Indoors, throw rugs were the most common obstacle cited. Falling out of bed was the second leading cause of indoor hip fractures.

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