Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Ambien increases risk of falls in hospitalized patients
Here's another article about Ambien and increased fall risk. This study was done at Mayo, where Ambien was associated with a significantly increased risk of falls in hospitalized patients. Mayo has decided not to use Ambien anymore in their hospitalized patients, and instead, use a drug free approach. Details were not given about that approach, and hopefully they will have success. Poor sleep quality during hospitalization can be a challenge, and I am not sure standard behavioral therapies used on an outpatient population would work during an acute hospitalization. More studies will be needed for sure.