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Cost of Fall Injuries in Older Persons in the United States, 2005 — Figures 1-2

Total Lifetime Medical Costs of Unintentional Fall-Related Injuries in People 65 Years and Older Treated in Emergency Departments & Released, By Sex and Age, United States, 2005

Bar chart showing total lifetime medical costs of fall-related injuries in people 65 years and older who are treated in emergency departments and released. Data by sex and age, United States, 2005. Total cost for men = $149 million; total cost for women = $302 million. People ages 65 to 69 have the highest total costs.

 

Total Lifetime Medical Costs of Unintentional Fall-Related Injuries in People 65 Years and Older Treated in Emergency Departments & Hospitalized, By Sex and Age, United States, 2005


Bar chart showing total lifetime medical costs of fall-related injuries in people aged 65 years and older who are treated in emergency departments and hospitalized. Data by sex and age, United States, 2005. Total cost for men = $2.2 billion for 102,464 men treated; total cost for women = $3.6 billion for 208,658 women treated. People ages 80 to 84 have the highest total costs.

Medical costs for falls treated in emergency departments (ED) in 2005 in people 65 years and older totaled $6.3 billion—$451 million for patients who were treated and released and $5.8 billion for patients who were subsequently hospitalized.

People under age 70 were more likely to be treated and released than people aged 70+, and the likelihood of being hospitalized increased with age.  Medical costs for fall injuries were consistently higher for women, regardless of age, both for patients who were treated and released and for those who were subsequently hospitalized.

 
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