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Emergency departments are treating older fall victims 'poorly'


Older people attending emergency departments following a fall are receiving a “poor deal”, according to Leicester Royal Infirmary researchers online in the Emergency Medicine Journal.

They reviewed the results of the National Clinical Audit of Falls and Bone Health, carried out in 2005, 2006 and 2008.

They said: “These showed that management of falls and bone health in older people remains suboptimal in emergency departments and minor injury units.

There is an urgent need to ensure more effective assessment and management to prevent further falls and fractures.”


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  • michael stone

    I only have limited anecdotal 'evidence' (too strong a description, even that) for this view, but my view is that I am not at all suprised by that conclusion.

    Old people seem to quite often be badly treated, because for some reason they tend to be 'told what they want' rather than being asked, in my opinion. And, many of them come from a much more polite generation, than today's under 35s do - so many older people, 'don't kick up such a fuss', and thus are easier to 'ignore'.

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  • I have just been on a flight and my neighbour was a physio both of us working outside the UK in Europe for the past 30 years. We had a very interesting discussion about our training in London teaching hospitals and compared notes both agreeing how satisfied we were with our places of work and how impossible it would be for either of us to return to work in the UK healthcare system. She then told me the sad story of her independent 80 + year old mother living alone in her own house until she was admitted to hospital after a fall and how she then rapidly became confused due to dehydration and increasing doses of morphine until her death. yet another tragic case, and even one is one too many of neglect, negligence and medical and nursing error and her boyfriend sitting next to me was an undertaker who said survival of his business depended on such errrors!
    My Mum received good nursing care in a private clinic but her downfall was her GP, who maybe if he had been more vigilant and supportive and opened his eyes could have avoided her hospitalisation where she subsequently died.

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