Around one-tenth of time spent in hospitals by people aged over 65 is directly attributable to falls, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The report, Trends in hospitalisations due to falls by older people, Australia 1999-00 to 2010-2011, shows that over 92,000 people aged 65 and over were seriously injured due to a fall in 2010-11, and that the rate of fall injury cases has risen by about 2% per year since 1999-2000.

'There were nearly 25,000 additional fall injury cases for older people in 2010-11 than there would have been if the rate of falls had remained stable since 1999-2000,' said AIHW spokesperson Professor James Harrison.

'And the number of patient days in hospital for fall-related injuries doubled from 0.7 million in 1999-2000 to 1.4 million in 2010-11.'

The average total length of stay per fall injury case changed little over the period however, being around 15 days in most years.


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