Urinary tract infections (UTI), bacteremia, lower respiratory tract infections (LRTI) and other systemic infections may be common among patients admitted to healthcare facilities due to a fall, according to data recently presented at IDWeek 2015.

Researchers performed a retrospective analysis of 161 adult patients admitted to Harvard Medical School from 2000 to 2014. Eligible patients were those whose chief complaint was related to a recent fall, but were subsequently diagnosed with a coexisting systemic infection (CSI) within 48 hours of presentation.

UTIs were detected among 44.1% of patients, bacteremia among 39.8%, LRTI among 23%, and sepsis due to an unidentified source among 21.1%.