Hidalgo County Health Highlights: Fall-related Death Rates Among Adults 65+ Years of Age
Injury: Death from Falls
Hidalgo County Compared to State
*Description of Dashboard Gauge
Description of the Dashboard GaugeThis "dashboard" type graphic is based on the community data on the right. It compares the community value on this indicator to the state overall value.
The community value is considered statistically significantly different from the state value if the state value is outside the range of the community's 95% confidence interval. If the community's data or 95% confidence interval information is not available, a blank gauge image will be displayed with the message, "missing information."NOTE: The labels used on the gauge graphic are meant to describe the community's status in plain language. The placement of the gauge needle is based solely on the statistical difference between the community and state values. When selecting priority health issues to work on, a community should take into account additional factors such as how much improvement could be made, the U.S. value, the statistical stability of the community number, the severity of the health condition, and whether the difference is clinically significant.
Why Is This Important?Falls are the leading cause of unintentional (accidental) injury death among adults 65 years of age and older in the United States and in New Mexico. The majority of injuries from falls that lead to death were hip fracture and traumatic brain injury. A serious injury from a fall can limit mobility and independent living. Falls also can increase the risk of early death. Many people who fall develop a fear of falling, and may become more sedentary.
How Are We Doing?The fall-related death rate among adults 65 years of age and older in New Mexico increased 220% between 1990 and 2010, and has increased five-fold since 1981.
Relevant Population Characteristics:
Fall-related Death Rates Among Adults 65+ Years of Age by County, New Mexico vs. U.S., 2006-2010
NoteRates are age-specific death rates for ICD-9 Codes: E880-E886, E888 (1990-1998) and ICD-10 codes ICD-10 Codes: W00-W19 (1999 forward). U.S. data are from 2008.
Data SourcesNew Mexico Death Data: Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics (BVRHS), New Mexico Department of Health. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, CDC WONDER Online Database (http://wonder.cdc.gov).
Measure Description for Injury: Death from Falls
Definition: Fall-related death rate is the number of deaths due to falls per 100,000 population.
Numerator: The number of fall-related deaths per year.
Denominator: The mid-year estimated population.
Click on this link to jump to the complete indicator profile report for Injury: Death from Falls (exits this community report).
Date Indicator Content Last Updated: 04/19/2012