Some of the most common injuries among the elderly are caused by falling. Falls are a major threat to the health and independence of older adults, people aged 65 and older. Each year in the United States, nearly one-third of older adults experience a fall. About one out of ten falls among seniors result in a serious injury, such as a hip fracture or head injury, that requires hospitalization. In addition to the physical and emotional pain, many spend at least a year recovering in a long-term care facility. Some never return to their homes. Unfortunately falls are the leading cause of injury deaths among older adults.
To address this fall-related injury issue, PGX Solutions has partnered with Life Support Medical to provide the most advanced fall-solution options in the world. From comprehensive Fall Prevention strategies to advanced safety technologies, we seamlessly deliver Smart*Decision prevention resources and elderly monitoring services along with state of the art Electronic Caregiver equipment. The company’s close partnership with New Mexico State Univerity’s fall research department has created a unique collaborative academic and commercial alliance in this vital Senior safety arena.
Avoiding Adverse Drug Reactions
Seniors are more prone to adverse drug events which can result from potentially inappropriate medication use and drug–to-drug interactions One of the primary reasons is “polypharmacy” which simply means the simultaneous use of multiple drugs by a single patient, for one or more conditions. Older people tend to be on multiple medications. The greater the number of prescriptions, the greater the risk of adverse drug reactions. For instance, people ages 65 and older comprise only 13 percent of the population, but they consume 30 percent of all prescription drugs. In this group the potential for adverse reactions is extremely high.
A person’s DNA determines how they respond to different medications. The vast majority of drugs – more than 90 percent – only work in 30 to 50 percent of people. This is mainly because of genes that interfere in some way with the medicine. Testing your resident’s DNA for this genetic information provides the tools needed to predict whether a specific drug will work. A painless cheek swab sample of DNA is sent to lab for testing, and the results are delivered to your facility medical director or the resident’s doctor who can then prescribe the absolute best medicines and help prevent harmful drug interactions. This cutting-edge process is called pharmacogenomics, an important aspect of a new revolution in healthcare … Personalized Medicine.