A study has pointed out that even simple falls which may appear harmless can turn out to be dangerous and life threatening for elderly individuals.
The new study found elderly adults - 70 years or older - who experience ground-level falls are much more likely to be severely injured and less likely to survive their injuries compared to adults younger than 70 years.
Elderly patients are three times as likely to die following a ground-level fall compared to their under-70 counterparts.
Trauma surgeon and researcher Julius Cheng conducted the largest analysis to date of trauma patients experiencing ground-level falls.
His team identified 57,302 patients with ground-level falls from 2001 through 2005 using the National Trauma Data Bank and analyzed demographics, type and severity of injuries and final outcomes.
The study has been published in The Journal of Trauma: Injury, Infection, and Critical Care.