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Falling over can be fatal

Author(s):

Jessica Lee
University of Notre Dame Australia;
A/Prof Andrew Dean,
Head of Ballarat Rural Clinical School,
University of Notre Dame Australia;

Overview:

Any elderly patient presenting to hospital with injuries sustained in a fall can be a diagnostic and management challenge, both in terms of determining the cause of the fall and then managing the consequences of the fall. Such a case is discussed, with a focus on the need for a full diagnostic work-up and attention paid to issues such as orthopaedic injuries, multiple co-morbidities and polypharmacy.


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