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Tan Tock Seng Hospital's trauma centre treating more seniors

Elderly patients with fall injuries make up nearly half the cases, hospital figures show

Published on Apr 13, 2014 8:41 AM
The trauma centre at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, the busiest emergency department in Singapore. -- ST FILE PHOTO: NURIA LING

The busiest trauma centre here is seeing a worrying increase in the proportion of elderly patients - highlighting the need for fall prevention as Singapore ages.

Tan Tock Seng Hospital's (TTSH) emergency department handles 38,000 trauma cases a year - about a third of all such cases here.

In 2012 and 2013, one in five patients needed to be warded. Among the elderly, however, more than half needed to be hospitalised, the hospital has revealed.

Over this period, seniors with fall-related injuries made up nearly half of all cases of trauma, which refers to physical injury due to causes ranging from traffic accidents to burns.

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