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17.5 is the average # of hours a person spends without help following a fall or other major medical emergency. Statistics show, In a worst-case scenario, if and when a fall happens, how quickly help arrives is critical to the odds for a speedy, easy recovery and the ability to return to independent living. Response time is critical. “Lie time,” or the duration of time spent alone helpless after a fall, is a direct predictor of the likelihood of recovery after falls in the elderly. In a landmark study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the highest reported rates of mortality (death) and morbidity (injury) were those in people who were not found until 72 hours had passed (62%). But in those who received help within one hour the rate fell to just 12%. Medical alert systems that incorporate passive fall detct technology, as well as active one-touch push-button response options, offer redundant layers of protection for falls and other medical or personal emergencies.
Rhabdomyolysis is a common complication resulting from falls that don’t receive prompt medical attention.
What is Rhabdomyolysis?
Rhabdomyolysis can be a life-threatening condition caused by muscle breakdown and muscle death. This dangerous muscle damage can result from overexertion, trauma, toxic substances or disease.
Although rhabdomyolysis can happen to anyone, certain groups have a higher risk than others of developing the condition. People with an increased chance of getting rhabdomyolysis include:
- Endurance athletes: Marathon runners, people who take spin classes, and others who do high-intensity interval exercises have a higher risk of getting rhabdomyolysis. These groups may push themselves too hard without resting.
- Firefighters: Firefighters can develop the condition after physical exertion in hot temperatures. Overheating can cause rhabdomyolysis.
- Service members: People in the military, especially those who are in boot camp or are undergoing intense training, have an increased risk of developing rhabdomyolysis.
- Older people: People who fall, can’t get up, and aren’t discovered for an extended time can get rhabdomyolysis
As muscle cells disintegrate, they release a protein called myoglobin into the blood. The kidneys are responsible for removing this myoglobin from the blood so urine can flush it out of the body.
In large quantities, myoglobin can damage the kidneys. If the kidneys cannot get rid of the waste fast enough, this may lead to kidney failure and/or death can occur.
12 million is the number of americans age 65 or older that live alone – On average one if four adults over 65 REPORTS at least one fall a year, many falls go unreported.
The #1 reason for hospital readmissions is the failure to properly take prescribed medications.
Electronic Care Givers emergency response system and optional fall detection pendant can greatly reduce the amount of time an indiviudal spends alone following a fall.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that non-adherence causes 30 to 50 percent of chronic disease treatment failures and 125,000 deaths per year in this country. Twenty five to 50 percent of patients being treated with statins (cholesterol lowering medications) who stop their therapy within one year have up to a 25 percent increased risk for dying. Electronic Care Givers medication reminder system can greatly improve compliance.
Many elders are foregoing necessary medical care due to fears of contracting a communicable disease (COVID, the Flu) or lack of transportation. Electronic Care Givers Pocket MD service allows 24/7 correspondence with a physician who can often times call in a prescription to a local pharmacy when needed.