Older Adult Falls in Emergency Medicine—A Sentinel Event

Christopher R. Carpenter, Amy Cameron, David A. Ganz, Shan Liu

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Standing-level falls represent the most frequent cause of trauma-related death in older adults and a common emergency department presentation. However, these patients rarely receive guideline-directed screening and interventions during or following an episode of care. Reducing injurious falls in an aging society begins with prehospital evaluations and continues through risk assessments and interventions that occur after emergency department care. Although obstacles to emergency department-initiated, evidence-based older adult fall reduction strategies include the absence of a compelling emergency medicine evidence basis, innovations underway include validation of screening instruments and incorporation of contemporary technology like smart phones to improve fall detection rates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-367
Number of pages13
JournalClinics in Geriatric Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2018


  • Accidental fall
  • Emergency department
  • Emergency medical services
  • Geriatric
  • Implementation
  • Trauma


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