Brain Injuries From Falls A Deadly Risk For Seniors

Prescribing pain medications for elderly patients is like walking a tight rope. On the one hand, elderly patients are more likely to have pain due to aging and degenerative problems that require meaningful treatments. On the other hand balance and coordination problems coupled with the dizziness side-effect of some medications make the elderly more at risk for falls when taking these medications. Close monitoring and slow graduated dosage adjustment are essential for safe and effective medication management of pain for the elderly.

Larry Ho, MD

Mon Jun 23, 2008 4:44pm EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly 8,000 older Americans who fell and banged their heads died from the brain injury in 2005, according to a government study released on Monday.

Another 56,000 elderly people had to be treated in hospital for brain injuries caused by falls, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in the Journal of Safety Research. More…