CDC: Walkers, canes the cause of many elderly falls

06/30/2009 | USA Today

A CDC study found more than 47,000 elderly patients are seen in hospital emergency rooms each year after a fall involving a walker or cane. Researchers said nearly 9 of 10 cases reviewed involved walkers rather than canes. The CDC said health care professionals should take more time to better fit patients with walking aids and teach safe use.

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