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Canadian study finds high risk for head injuries in long-term care

Older adults who live in long-term care environments are at significant risk of sustaining head injuries, report researchers from Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver, British Columbia. For the study, the authors reviewed video footage of 227 falls among 133 residents at 2 local long-term care residences. They found 37% of falling residents struck their heads upon falling, and hit the ground—most often, on linoleum or tile flooring—more than 60% of the time. “By any measure, this is an alarmingly high prevalence,” the researchers observe.

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