For the elderly who fall and are unable to get up on their own, the period of time spent immobile often affects their health outcome. Muscle cell breakdown starts to occur within 30-60 minutes of compression due to falling. Dehydration, pressure sores, hypothermia, and pneumonia are other complications that may result.
Getting help after an immobilizing fall improves the chance of survival by 80% and increases the likelihood of a return to independent living. Up to 40% of people who have a stroke have a serious fall within the next year.