8% of nursing home deaths are a result of choking

A concerning number of premature deaths in Australian nursing homes are down to external causes including falls and choking.

A 12-year review of nearly 22,000 nursing home deaths reported to coroners has found some 15% are the result of falling, choking on food, suicide, or assault from another resident.

It also identifies a four-fold rise of such deaths over the study period—mostly from falls (81%).

Choking on food is the second leading cause of unintentional deaths from external causes, accounting for some 8%.

Only three in 100 deaths from an external cause are subject