understanding bruising in elderly people – research in children is misleading

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    Mary Harrington

    Complaints about bruising arising in care settings are commonplace and cause distress to care givers. They are made because bruising is a dramatic and obvious observation easily made by the person, their family and other professionals. And because it is what we are trained to look for, based on child abuse practice.
    It is now 10 years since proper research on bruising in older people was conducted by Mosqueda et al showing what normal life can do elderly people and what type of bruises never occurred in the course of daily life even in fallers and heavily dependent people, the effect of medication and how long bruises last.
    This research is rarely quoted, the standard textbook on forensic medicine omits it. Let’s get it better known!

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