Man­ag­ing an El­derly Pa­tient Pop­u­la­tion: A Roadmap for Suc­cess

Modern Healthcare - - PERSPECTIVES -

“To im­prove out­comes for th­ese pa­tients and avoid un­nec­es­sary costs, hos­pi­tals should adopt more ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive ways to care for fragility frac­ture pa­tients.”

Fragility frac­tures, or bone frac­tures in pa­tients with os­teo­poro­sis, are one of the most com­mon trauma con­di­tions treated in hos­pi­tals. Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Os­teo­poro­sis Foun­da­tion, there are more fragility frac­tures each year than the com­bined num­ber of heart at­tacks, strokes, and newly di­ag­nosed breast can­cer cases.

Un­for­tu­nately, poor care co­or­di­na­tion can re­sult in sig­nif­i­cant com­pli­ca­tion, read­mis­sion and mor­tal­ity rates for this typ­i­cally el­derly pa­tient pop­u­la­tion.

To im­prove out­comes for th­ese pa­tients and avoid un­nec­es­sary costs, hos­pi­tals should adopt more ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive ways to care for fragility frac­ture pa­tients.

This white pa­per, “The Fragility Frac­ture Pro­gram:

Im­prov­ing Qual­ity of Care for a Chal­leng­ing Pa­tient Pop­u­la­tion,” of­fers a roadmap for suc­cess.

Us­ing pro­to­col-driven, ev­i­dence-based pro­cesses, th­ese pro­grams in­te­grate care across all ser­vices in­volved in the treat­ment of el­derly frac­ture pa­tients—from the emer­gency depart­ment to the hos­pi­tal medicine eval­u­a­tion, surgery, pe­ri­op­er­a­tive care and end­ing with dis­charge.

Read the white pa­per to dis­cover:

• How Fragility Frac­ture Pro­grams cre­ate in­te­grated clin­i­cal teams for pro­vid­ing bet­ter co­or­di­nated and more ef­fi­cient care

• The dra­matic im­pact Fragility Frac­ture Pro­grams can have on pa­tient out­comes, through­put, length of stay and read­mis­sion rates

• Best prac­tices for de­vel­op­ing a Fragility Frac­ture Pro­gram at your hos­pi­tal

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