Falls affect 30% of people aged over 65 and 50% aged over 80 at least once a year. They are the major reason for injury, hospital attendance and admission, ambulance call-out and admission to long term care. In 2007/08, 86,000 people fell and fractured their hip in the UK; this represents the biggest cause of trauma-related hospital admission and is closely associated with premature death in older people. More than 200,000 suffered one of the other fragility fractures – wrist, pelvis, upper arm – generally from falls.
We are transforming the way we prevent and manage falls by:
Improving outcomes and improving the efficiency of care after hip fractures
Responding to the first fracture, preventing the second
Intervening early to restore independence
Preventing frailty, preserving bone health, and reducing accidents
The falls prevention and bone health workstream aims to radically improve patient outcomes and efficiency of care after falls and fractures over the next four years.