1 in 5 Elderly Patients Injured in Medical Care Unrelated to Their Condition, Report Says

A new study finds that 1 in 5 elderly Medicare patients are injured in events that aren’t related to their medical condition or presenting disease. This study was published in the journal Injury Prevention. “These injuries are caused by the medical care or management rather than any underlying disease,” said lead researcher Mary Carter, director of the Gerontology Program at Towson University in Maryland. The injuries involved being given the wrong medication, having an allergic reaction to a medication, or receiving any treatment that led to more complications of an existing medical problem.