Seniors Vulnerable to Infectious Diseases

The most common diagnoses were lower respiratory infections (including pneumonia, which accounted for 17.5 percent of the visits), urinary tract infections (25.3 percent), and septicemia (18.9 percent).

A study in the January issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society estimates that during 2012 there were more than 3.1 million emergency department visits for infectious diseases among elderly Americans. This accounted for 13.5 percent of all emergency department visits of elderly adults, and was higher than visits for heart attacks and […]

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