Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Hip Fractures Linked to Early Death in Women

A new study indicates that women who suffer from hip fractures have a much higher likelihood of dying within a year of their injury. In fact, the risk of dying after a hip fracture in women could be as much as twice as high as in women without a fracture. The results of the study have been published in the September issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. The researchers analyzed 1,116 women who had suffered a hip fracture. Each of these women was then matched with 4 healthy women, and the comparison was analyzed.

The researchers found that women over 65 who suffered hip fractures were more likely to die within a year after the injury. About 50% of the fatalities involving women who had a hip fracture occurred within three months after the injury, 75% of the deaths occurred within six months after the injury. The risk of death after a hip fracture continued to remain the strongest in women between the age of 65 and 70. For these women, the risk of death continued for a decade after they suffered the injury.

Researchers are at a loss to explain exactly why a hip fracture increases the risk of death in women so greatly. Earlier, it was believed that women who were ill were much more likely to fall, and therefore, suffer a fracture, and these women were much more likely to die faster. That theory no longer makes sense to Los Angeles slip and fall accident lawyers. One possible explanation could be increased psychological stress caused due to hospitalization after a fracture, and depression because of the reduced mobility and movement after a fracture.

Women above 60 are increasingly mobile and independent. They are likely to live alone, and are likely to frequent commercial spaces like shopping malls, hotels, and restaurants. In light of these health concerns involving women, it's important that building designers, contractors, construction companies and owners of these buildings take into consideration safety issues to design safer commercial premises and residences to prevent slip and fall accidents.