Policy briefing

Prevention is vital in reducing harm from falls

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents issues national accident prevention strategy for England 
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Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents issues national accident prevention strategy for England

Essential facts

Accidents are among the leading preventable causes of death, serious injury and long-term disability, while falls are the leading accident-related cause of death and hospital admission among older people.

There are nearly 700 emergency admissions related to falls every day in England. About one third of all people aged 65 or over fall each year, a figure that increases to half in those aged 80 or over.

Among older people living in the community, 5% of those who fall sustain fractures and hospitalisation.

What’s new?

Halting the year-on-year rise in the number of older people falling, and then reducing the number of falls, is one of England’s greatest

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