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  • One in three adults age 65 and older falls each year.1
  • Older adults are hospitalized for fall-related injuries five times more often than they are for injuries from other causes.2
  • In 2000, fractures were both the most common and most costly nonfatal injuries.3
  • Hospitalizations accounted for nearly two-thirds of the costs of nonfatal fall injuries and emergency department treatment accounted for 20%.3
  • On average, the hospitalization cost for a fall injury is $17,500.4
  • In 2007, there were 281,000 hospital admissions for hip fractures among people age 65 and older.5
  • Women sustain three-quarters of all hip fractures.6
  • The most common fracture prior to age 75 is a wrist fracture. In those over age 75, hip fractures are the most common.7
  • After age 45, the fracture rates increase for women. Among persons age 65 and older, fracture rates are three times higher among women than men.7
  • More than 250,000 hip fractures occur every year in the United States.8
  • In 2011 there were 45,000 hospitalizations for burns.8
  • 44% were caused by fire/flame, 33% were caused by scalding.9
  • 68% of the incidents occurred in the home.9
  • Each year there are approximately 11,500 emergency room visits due to snow shoveling.10
  • On average, there are 56 emergency room visits related to air and paintball guns.11
  • About 60% of these visits were for children and adolescents age 17 and younger.11
  • In 2011, there were 45.4 million injury-related emergency department visits.12
  • Sprains and broken bones rank number 7 in the 10 most common Reasons for an emergency room visit.13



1http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/fallcost.html. Hausdorff JM, Rios DA, Edelber HK. Gait variability and fall risk in 
 community-living  older adults: a 1-year prospective study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2001;82(8):1050–6.

2http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/fallcost.html. Alexander BH, Rivara FP, Wolf ME. The cost and frequency of
 hospitalization for fall-related injuries in older adults. American Journal of Public Health 1992;82(7):1020–3.

3http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/fallcost.html. Stevens JA, Corso PS, Finkelstein EA, Miller TR. The costs of fatal
 and nonfatal falls among older adults. Injury Prevention 2006;12:290-5.

4http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/fallcost.html. Roudsari BS, Ebel BE, Corso PS, Molinari, NM, Koepsell TD. The
 acute medical care costs of fall-related injuries among the U.S. older adults. Injury, Int J Care Injured 2005;36:1316-22.

5http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Falls/adulthipfx.html. National Hospital Discharge Survey (NHDS), National Center for
 Health Statistics. Accessed August 8, 2010.

6August 8, 2010. http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Falls/adulthipfx.html. National Hospital Discharge Survey (NHDS),
 National Center for Health Statistics.

7National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey & American Academy of Orthopedic.

8http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120118112007.htm. Science Daily, January 18, 2012. Science News, Hip Fractures:
 Coexisting Medical Conditions Increase Treatment Costs and Lengthen Hospitalization, Study Finds.

9http://www.ameriburn.org/resources_factsheet.php. American Burn Association, 2011 Fact sheet.

10http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110118101356.htm. Science Daily, January 17, 2011. Science News, 11,500 Emergency
  Department Visits Related to Snow Shoveling Each Year, National US Study Finds.

11http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb119.pdf Statistical Brief #119. Emergency Department Visits for Injuries Caused by
  Air and Paintball Guns, 2008. Ryan Mutter, Ph.D., Pamela Owens, Ph.D.

12http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/ervisits.htm. Faststats. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Emergency Department Visits.

13http://health.howstuffworks.com/medicine/surgeries-procedures/10-common-reasons-for-er-visit4.htm. 10 Most Common Reasons for
  an ER Visit. Marianne English.