When a patient is admitted for treatment of a fracture following a mild fall, they are referred to our Geriatric Fracture Program. This new program is designed to foster a more rapid and complete recovery within individuals age 65 and older with lower extremity fractures of the hip, leg and ankle.
Our orthopaedic surgeons address the special needs of the geriatric patient and work with an interdisciplinary team of case managers and social workers, nurse practitioners, and internists to diagnose, educate and provide a treatment plan for patients who are entered into the program.
The benefits of the program are as follows:
- Designed to streamline inpatient care for patients with porosis related fractures.
- Promotes a streamlined approach getting patients to surgery within 24 hours or less. A decreased time to surgical intervention results in better patient outcomes and shorter lengths of stay.
- Creates a standardized protocol plan allowing improved efficiency and patient safety.
- Allows early intervention to facilitate a proper care plan and ease in transition to rehabilitation.
The goal of this program is to meet the needs of our increasingly aging population by providing timely, cost-effective, patient-centered care to people 65 years and older who suffer fractures.