- •Coexisting systemic infections (CSIs) are diagnosed in 1 of 5 adults admitted to the hospital because of a fall or its complications.
- •Age 50 years or older, preexisting symptoms, inability to get up on own after a fall, systemic inflammatory response syndrome or confusion on presentation are significantly associated with the presence of CSIs.
- •Compared to fall patients without CSI, patients with CSI have longer duration of hospitalization (mean 8.8 days vs 6.5 days, p < 0.0001) and higher in-hospital mortality (6.9% vs 3.8%, p = 0.03).
- •Among patients 50 years of age or older admitted because of a fall, pneumonia and bacteremia are independently associated with in-hospital mortality.
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