Falling may keep Seniors in Hospital Longer after Surgery

11:16 AM, Nov 5, 2012   |    comments
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Older adults who take a spill within months of having major surgery tend to do worse in the hospital -- and have higher rates of surgical complications.

A new study from the University of Colorado analyzed the outcomes of 200 elderly adults who had colorectal or heart surgery.

Those who'd fallen in the previous 6 months stayed in the hospital longer and were more likely to suffer blood clots, infections, and other complications of surgery.

60-percent who fell prior to surgery also had to go to a nursing home or other rehabilitation center.

Researchers say more than a third of surgeries in the u.s. are performed on people over age 65.





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