Evaluation of fall injury in the medical field

Makoto Yamanaka, Masahiro Nakano, Hiroyuki Matsuura, Masaaki Tamagawa, Toru Yukimasa, Hiroko Noto, Masami Kubota

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Abstract

The speed with which society is ageing has made the continued ability of the elderly to perform activities of daily living (ADL) a major social issue. A variety of policies designed to deal with ageing have been implemented in response to this societal background. The present study focused on fractures, the major cause of difficulty for the elderly to maintain their ability to perform ADL. In this study, the impact force of falls was inferred from experiments using crash test dummies. The results indicated that the risk of fracture was greatly influenced by body position when falling as well as the physique and the patient fell. This information indicates that it would be possible to make a prior risk assessment for fractures due to falling by determining a physique via a patient survey at the time of hospitalization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2873-2880
Number of pages8
JournalICIC Express Letters
Volume6
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Dec 13 2012
Externally publishedYes

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)

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Yamanaka, M., Nakano, M., Matsuura, H., Tamagawa, M., Yukimasa, T., Noto, H., & Kubota, M. (2012). Evaluation of fall injury in the medical field. ICIC Express Letters, 6(11), 2873-2880.