SAFEHIP newsletter, Oct 2019

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Identification of high risk patients for hip fractures

As the population gets older, the number of hip fractures is likely to go up. It is hard to recover from a hip fracture and afterwards many people lose the ability to live on their own which is a threat to the independence and the quality of life of the older person.

Identification is important because...

Hip fracture is a major cause of disability, dependency and excess mortality among older populations. Furthermore, the health care expenses related to hip fracture treatment increase drastically with the aging population structure. Therefore, the identification of those at highest risk of falling, fracturing and re-fracturing is of increasing relevance, as preventive precautions may reduce the rapidly increasing expenses to some extent. One preventive measure is to provide elderly with hip protectors. For the exposed and fragile elderly at risk taking preventive steps really matters, since the independency and quality of life is maintained.

Get an overview of the factors known to increase the risk of a fall, the risk of a fracture and the risk of a second fracture in this article.



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