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Ortho-geriatric Care

  • Dino Benito
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Abstract

Hip fractures are life-changing events that can potentially have devastating effects particularly in the geriatric population. The incidence of death and major disability is substantially increased after a hip fracture in this vulnerable population. Collaborative care with the orthopaedic surgical team and geriatricians called the ortho-geriatric model of care has been widely implemented in an effort to improve outcomes. This has led to evidence-based recommendations amounting to expected standard care for patients with hip fractures. This encompasses understanding the nature of hip fractures and its risk factors, expedited preoperative assessment and time to surgery, perioperative management and strategies to early mobilization. All these efforts are focused on the ultimate goal of bringing back patients to their baseline functional level and minimizing associated disability.

Keywords

Hip fracture Ortho-geriatric care Osteoporosis Falls-geriatric assessment 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dino Benito
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  1. 1.Blacktown Hospital, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital, The Hills Private, Norwest Private and the Macquarie University HospitalSydneyAustralia

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