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Seniors' Health Report 2006

Arrow BulletExternal Causes of Emergency Department Visits, Morbidity and Mortality

  • Falls were the leading external cause for emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths among Peel seniors.

  • In 2003, falls were the leading external cause for emergency department visits among both Peel men and women aged 65 years and older. In 2003, falls accounted for 2,294 emergency department visits among female seniors in Peel (63% of all external causes among females) and 1,085 emergency department visits among male seniors (45% of all external causes among males).

  • In Peel, the rates for emergency department visits due to falls increased by age for both males and females. The rates were higher for females compared to males across all age groups.

  • In Peel, falls accounted for one in three hospitalizations due to external causes among Peel women and one in five hospitalizations for external causes among Peel male seniors. In 2003, the hospitalization rates due to falls increased by age in Peel for both females and males. Similar to injury rates, females had higher hospitalization rates for falls compared to males across all age groups.

  • There were 39 deaths due to falls among Peel seniors in 2001. The mortality rate among seniors due to falls peaked in 1996 for both Peel and Ontario (97.4 per 100,000 and 77.3 per 100,000 respectively). The mortality rates for falls were highest for persons 85 years of age and older.

External Causes of Emergency Department
Visits, Morbidity and Mortality
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