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ED nurses see 47,000 elderly patients each year for injuries from falls involving use of walkers and canes, says a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that examined six years of ED medical records.1 Most (87%) of the injuries involved walkers. Older women were more likely to be injured than men; they sustained 78% of walker-related injuries and 66% of cane-related injuries.

Don't underestimate fall injuries in elderly