Geriatric slips, trips and falls: 3 assessment considerations

On-scene considerations for EMS assessment for evaluating lift-assistance calls and making transportation decisions for geriatric fall patients

Former President Jimmy Carter was transported to the hospital for treatment and observation for a pelvis fracture after a fall at his home in Plains, Georgia. 

This is the third fall for President Carter, 95, in recent months. A spring fall required hip replacement surgery, and a recent fall required 14 stitches, despite which, the President traveled the next day to Nashville, Tennessee for his volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity.  

In these instances, transportation was clearly required. But what about when it’s not so clear? 

“Each year, millions of older people – those 65 and older – fall,” the CDC reports

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