A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine titled “Persons Found in Their Homes Helpless or Dead” found that 62% of people admitted to the hospital after being found in their homes following a fall were unable to return to living independently.
Estimated TIME spent incapacitated | % found ALIVE
Less than 1 hour: 92%
1-3 hours: 47%
3-6 hours: 25%
6-12 hours: 22%
12-24 hours: 33%
24-48 hours: 14%
48-72 hours: 12%
Greater than 72 hours: 13%
In just one to three hours after the fall, more than 50% of the undetected victims do not survive.
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