According to a study published in the journal Geriatrics and Gerontology International, the difference in the location of a fall (indoor or outdoor) can provide important information about the person who fell and their lifestyle. The study found that of those who fell outside, most were younger males, whereas those who fell inside tended to be inflicted with chronic diseases. Not only can these falls provide information about the people who fell, it also tells about their injuries and long-term outcome.
Those that fell outdoors weren’t any less likely to suffer severe injuries, but instead, had a greater chance of returning home after the hospital stay. Indoor fallers would still experience severe injuries, but instead of returning home after the hospital stay, they were more likely to be moved to a rehabilitation facility before returning home. The most common injuries among fall location was also analyzed, finding that outdoor falls yielded more head injuries and open wounds, while indoor falls had a high rate of sprains. Adding in risk factors of old age, being female, and having dementia also led to more fractures among falls indoors. Both having a joint disorder and the use of alcohol were found to have negative impacts on the injuries, increasing the number of fractures.
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