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Cost of Fall Injuries in Older Persons in the United States, 2005

Total Lifetime Medical Costs of Unintentional Fatal Fall-Related Injuries* in People 65 Years and Older By Sex and Age, United States, 2005

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The cost of fatal fall injuries totaled $349 million: $160 million for men and $189 million for women. Costs were similar for men and women until age 85, when the costs for women ($105 million) exceeded those of men ($62 million).

Rate* of Nonfatal, Medically Consulted Fall Injury Episodes,† by Age Group

The figure shows the rate of nonfatal, medically consulted fall injury episodes, by age group, in the United States during 2010, according to the National Health Interview Survey. In 2010, the overall rate of nonfatal fall injury episodes for which a health-care professional was contacted was 43 per 1,000 population. Rates increased with age for adults aged ≥18 years. Persons aged 18-44 years had the lowest rate of medically consulted falls (26 per 1,000), and persons aged ≥75 years had the highest rate (115).

* Per 1,000 population. † Annualized rates of injury episodes for which a health-care professional was contacted either in person or by telephone for advice or treatment. An injury episode refers to a traumatic event in which the person experienced one or more injuries from an external cause. § Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized population. ¶ 95% confidence interval.

In 2010, the overall rate of nonfatal fall injury episodes for which a health-care professional was contacted was 43 per 1,000 population. Persons aged ≥75 years had the highest rate (115).

Graphic source: MMWR Quickstats, 02/03/2012

 

Additional Data Sources

Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS)

www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars
WISQARSTM (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) is an interactive database system that provides customized reports of injury-related data.

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

www.cdc.gov/brfss/
The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is the world’s largest, on-going telephone health survey system, tracking health conditions and risk behaviors in the United States yearly since 1984. Currently, data are collected monthly in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.

CDC WONDER (Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research )

http://wonder.cdc.gov
WONDER an easy-to-use, menu-driven system that makes the information resources of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) available to public health professionals and the public at large. It provides access to a wide array of public health information.

CDC Data & Statistics

www.cdc.gov/DataStatistics
The CDC Data & Statistics web site features interactive tools, surveys, publications, databases, and more.

 
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