Geriatric Fracture Program
Older adults may fall and suffer fractures, or breaks, in the hip, wrist, spine or head. These painful, slow-healing injuries frequently result in hospitalization, the loss of mobility and a long recovery. As many as 25 percent of those who lived independently before a hip fracture are still in a nursing home one year later.
Research shows that patients who are evaluated and treated quickly after a hip fracture have better outcomes. Through the Geriatric Fracture Program, seniors with fractures receive priority care at Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health and Abington – Lansdale Hospital.
Streamlined Admission and Surgery Scheduling
When older adults are brought into the emergency department with hip or other fractures, the program’s streamlined admission process works quickly to get them assessed. Effective pain management by medicine begins upon arrival at the hospital, with early surgical treatment important for further pain relief. Our goal is to have most fracture patients age 65 and older evaluated by a physician and prepared for surgery to repair the fracture within 18 to 24 hours.
Experienced Medical Team
Patients in the Geriatric Fracture Program, part of the Abington Orthopaedic & Spine Institute – Jefferson Health, have their care managed by a team of professionals from multiple medical disciplines. This expert team includes primary care physicians, orthopaedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, geriatricians, specialized nurses and physical and occupational therapists. All are skilled and knowledgeable in the latest approaches for treating older patients with fractures.
Our team works together to create a comprehensive plan for every senior who sustains a fracture. Orthopaedic surgeons, primary care physicians and geriatricians coordinate each patient’s care, to evaluate them appropriately and rapidly, relieve pain, shorten time to surgery, reduce days spent in the hospital and improve recovery results.