Flagstaff Medical Center implements new Geriatric Fracture Program

Feb. 15, 2012

Flagstaff Medical Center’s Spine and Joint Surgery Center’s new Geriatric Fracture Program is one of several programs the hospital has initiated to provide the highest quality healthcare for a growing population of elderly patients, especially those who are admitted with a hip fracture. The program works by streamlining evaluation and admission to the hospital, decreasing the time between admission and surgery, promoting early mobility, and shortening the average hospital stay.

“This program aims to significantly improve many elderly patients quality of life after a hip fracture,” said Angelo Pappas, P.T., physical therapist and project manager. “The growing elderly population means hospitals are likely to see a dramatic increase in hip fractures in the coming years, and FMC is using this program to be prepared to help these patients reach a full recovery.”

According to the American Medical Association, approximately 50 percent of women and 25 percent of men over the age of 50 will sustain a hip fracture resulting from poor bone quality in their lifetime. According to a 2009 American College of Surgeons study, an average of 15 percent of hip fracture patients over the age of 65 will be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days with complications and 40 percent will die within a year following the fracture.

Programs like the Geriatric Fracture Program are becoming more common as healthcare reform takes effect. These proactive programs will increase the quality of healthcare by working to reduce hospital readmissions and complications while working to meet the challenges of reform by making processes more efficient and improving patient outcomes and satisfaction.

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