Orthopaedic complications of falls in elderly patients: a brief review

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Title Orthopaedic complications of falls in elderly patients: a brief review
Creator Suyasa, I Ketut; Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Udayana, Sanglah Hospital, Bali, Indonesia
complication, elderly, falls, risk factors
Description Falls are frequent and often cause morbidity, mortality, and disability that require regular nursing. Most of these falls are associated with one or more identifiable risk factors, such as weakness, unsteady gait, confusion and medication use. Usually, it occurs due to a combination of multiple risk factors, such as imbalance, degenerative diseases, porotic bone, and metabolic disturbances. Though in the orthopaedic field, falls will most often result in injury such as femoral neck and proximal humerus fractures, all other parts of the body may also be affected due to various mechanisms of injury. As a disabling phenomenon, fractures due to falls in elderly may then proceed to series of complications, from early to late complications, from local (such as nonunion, muscle atrophy, disuse osteoporosis, etc) to systemic complications (such as pressure sores, pneumonia, ulcers, urinary tract infection, ileus, etc).  Therefore, prevention will play a critical role in this particular situation.
Publisher DiscoverSys Inc.
Date 2019-08-01
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article

Format application/pdf
Identifier https://www.balimedicaljournal.org/index.php/bmj/article/view/1649
Source Bali Medical Journal; Vol 8, No 2 (2019): (Available online 1 August 2019)
Language eng
Relation https://www.balimedicaljournal.org/index.php/bmj/article/view/1649/pdf
Rights Copyright (c) 2019 Bali Medical Journal

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