Hyponatraemia as a fall predictor in a geriatric trauma population

Source: Injury, online June 2014

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Date of publication: June 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Around one in three older adults fall each year, causing a significant number of traumatic injuries. One hospital trying to develop targeted interventions is looking into hyponatraemia, defined as serum sodium <135meq/L, following the hypothesis that this is associated with falls in their geriatric trauma population. The study found that hyponatraemic patients were more likely to be admitted for a fall when adjusting for age, neurological disorders, and hematologic disorders, and so identification and management should be an integral part of a geriatric trauma fall prevention programme.

Length of publication: 1 page

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