Falls and Elective Surgery

Medical Errors a Top Killer
New research reveals about one-quarter of adults scheduled to undergo elective surgery had a serious fall in the six months prior to the procedure.
More than half of these falls caused injuries.
Surprisingly falls were common among all age groups and not just the elderly.
People most likely to fall were middle aged, suffered from arthritis or dizziness and had a lower quality of life.
Pre-surgical falls are linked to surgery complications and worse overall outcomes.
Depression was linked with a higher risk of falls in patients 50 and older.

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