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Falls cause nearly 60 per cent of hospital admissions for fractures, provisional figures show

 

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Falls cause nearly 60 per cent of hospital admissions for fractures, provisional figures show

Between June 2009 and May 2010, falls accounted for 57 per cent (196,052) of instances where the main reason for admission was a fracture, according to provisional figures from the NHS Information Centre.

Of those, over a third involved patients aged 80 or over and of those 79 per cent were female.

The same pattern is visible in the previous 12 month period.

The figures show that between June 2009 and May 2010 there were 343,536 admissions due to fractures, which accounted for 2.4 per cent of all admissions. This compares to 327,746 in the previous 12 month period, which accounted for 2.3 per cent of all admissions. More …