Information Services Division Scotland has published statistics on the number and rate of emergency hospital admissions resulting from a fall for the financial year 2018-2019. The data were collected through hospital administrative systems across Scotland.
Key findings from the report are as follows:
- A total of 37,585 emergency admissions resulting from falls were recorded in 2018-2019, accounting for 6 per cent of all emergency admissions.
- Around six out of 10 admissions resulting from falls occurred in individuals aged ≥65 years. This is the highest proportion ever recorded in 10 years.
- A significant association was observed between age and the likelihood of fall-related hospital admissions. Individuals aged ≥65 years had a seven-fold higher likelihood of being admitted to hospital due to falls than those aged
- A seasonal variation was observed in the frequency of falls, especially amongst the youngest and oldest age groups. A substantially greater number of fall-related admissions were observed in older and younger individuals during winter and summer months, respectively.
There is a growing concern about unintentional injuries, particularly falls among older people, as increasing admissions could deepen the burden on hospitals in Scotland.