The Facts Regarding Falls With Long Lie Times are Alarming
Thursday, May 9, 2013

Section: Corporate Partners

 Consider these statistics:
• The mortality rate from falls has been determined to be 67% when lie times were more than 72 hours, as opposed to 12% when lie times were less than one hour.1
• Of the patients found alive, 62% were hospitalized and approximately half required intensive care.
• Of the survivors, over 60% were unable to return to independent living.
The prevalence of falls within the senior population is extensive.
Consider these statistics:
• Over 13.3 million people 65 years and older will fall this year. 2
- That’s one fall every 2.3 seconds on average. 3
- Over 36,000 older adults will fall each day.
- About half of older adults who fall cannot get back up without help. 4
What can you do for your patients to help prevent more seniors from being counted among these statistics?
Consider these facts about Lifeline with AutoAlert:
• AutoAlert is the first medical alert pendant that can automatically call for help if it detects a fall, even when the subscriber is immobilized or doesn’t push his or her button.
• AutoAlert is the most widely adopted fall detection in the U.S. market for personal emergency response systems, detecting greater than 95% of falls.5
• The Lifeline Service can potentially contribute to reduced hospital utilization; Lifeline’s quick access to help can minimize “down” time and the risk of serious health consequences that may require hospitalization.
• Over 160,000 subscribers have benefited from the peace of mind provided by AutoAlert since its introduction just a few years ago.
• In recognition of its innovative, senior-friendly AutoAlert product design, Philips Lifeline has received prestigious awards from International Design Forum, Good Industrial Design, and IDSA
VNAA members can easily offer Lifeline with AutoAlert to their patients.  Contact Dawn Fitzgerald at or 508.988.1211 for more information.
1. Persons Found in Their Homes Helpless or Dead, NEJM, 334: 1710-1716 (June 27), 1996.
2. Falls Among Older Adults: An Overview, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
In 2009, 2.2 million nonfatal fall injuries among older adults were treated in emergency departments; about one-quarter of these patients
were hospitalized.
3. Calculation is based on 2010 U.S. Census Bureau data and the fact that one-third of people 65 and older fall each year.
4. Falls, Fractures, and Injury, Merck Manual of Geriatrics, Section 2, Chapter 20,
5. Figure is based on the number of undetected falls that have been reported to Philips Lifeline by U.S. AutoAlert subscribers for the period from January 2012 through July 2012. Undetectable falls can include a gradual slide from a seated position, such as from a wheelchair, which
may not register as a fall.
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