Why the increasing attention to hip fractures? Is it that they are major traumatic events? Or that they are the most frequent fracture resulting from falls in long-term care settings? Or that around 350,000 occur in the U.S. every year? Or is it that the number is growing despite all the attention given to fall prevention over the past several decades?
Post-acute care was the fastest growing major healthcare spending category for government programs between 1994-2009, according to recently released research. The results support large-scale bundled payments as a way to control costs, the researchers argued.
The class of sleeping medications thought to be safer for nursing home residents than traditional anti-anxiety drugs actually puts them at a 70% increased risk for hip fracture, a study suggests. Following a Medicare Part D change in 2006, physicians started prescribing sleeping pills such as Ambien, Lunesta and Sonata for nursing home residents with insomnia, instead of older benzodiazepines, according to researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
The class of sleeping medications thought to be safer for nursing home residents than traditional anti-anxiety drugs puts them at a 70% increased risk for hip fracture, a study found.
Elderly adults who undergo surgery to remove cataracts dramatically lower their risk for a hip fracture within the first year of surgery, new research finds.
Academic investigators at four locations are sending explanatory letters to over 1,300 nursing home residents who were placed in harm's way during a study testing hip-protecting undergarments.
Undiagnosed neurological conditions such as cervical myelopathy could be the reason for many falls and hip fractures in the elderly, new research shows.