Fragility Fracture Prevention Program
Managing and preventing osteoporosis and fragility fractures is one of the community’s greatest unmet health needs. That is why we have collaborated with physicians, surgeons and orthopedic staff to create the Own the Bone program.
Statistics surrounding fragility fractures are alarming. In the United States, more people suffer a fragility fracture each year than are diagnosed with heart attack, stroke or breast cancer combined.
Nearly 25 percent of patients who suffer a hip fracture die within one year. In most cases, they first suffer a minor fracture due to undiagnosed and untreated osteoporosis. Fortunately, with comprehensive treatment for osteoporosis we can reduce future fracture risk by half.
Own the Bone
TMH is one of over 100 healthcare institutions nationwide working to ensure osteoporotic fracture patients receive the treatment and care that they deserve by implementing The American Orthopaedic Association’s (AOA) Own the Bone program.
Our program identifies patients at high risk for fragility fractures and provides individual counseling to educate them on how to reduce their risk for future fractures.
Education includes the following important lifestyle changes:
- Adequate intake of Calcium and Vitamin D.
- Weight bearing, strengthening and balance exercises.
- Fall safety measures from the home and in the community.
- Avoiding smoking.
- Avoiding excessive alcohol use.
In addition, the participant is advided to discuss further measures to prevent future fractures with their Primary Care Physician including bone mineral density testing and osteoporosis treatment. Primary care physicians receive a notification letter providing guidelines for care of the fragility fracture patient.
How it Works
Patient identification and treatment through the program consists of two components: prevention and streamlined care.
A custom secondary prevention program is started with high-risk patients upon admission. This prevention program is implemented over a three-month period.
Evidence based care and performance improvement methods are used to streamline the effectiveness and efficiency of the care patients receive throughout the hospital:
Who it's For
Currently, the program is limited to hip fracture patients. As the program matures, services will be expanded to other units in the hospital for all inpatients and outpatients who suffer fragility fractures. We anticipate a significant decrease in the number of patients who go undiagnosed or untreated for osteoporosis throughout our community.