Status: Baseline only

  
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Baseline

Reduce the rate of emergency department visits due to falls among older adults

Baseline: 6,052.2 emergency department visits for falls per 100,000 adults aged 65 years and over occurred in 2016

Target: 5,447 emergency department visits for falls per 100,000 adults

Target Setting Method
Percent improvement

Summary

Falls are the leading cause of injury in older adults, and many older adults go to the emergency department after falling. Older adults are more likely to fall if they have balance problems, poor vision, or dementia — or if they take several medications. Physical activity programs and home safety interventions may help prevent fall-related emergency department visits in older adults.