Apr 062016

Hip Fracture Prevention Program Selected for Podium Presentation at COA Annual Meeting

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An abstract on Fracture Liaison Services (FLS), Alberta’s new program to help hip fracture patients prevent another fracture, has been accepted for podium presentation at the Canadian Orthopaedic Association’s 2016 annual meeting. Dr. Paul Kivi, care of the elderly physician at Misericordia Hospital, will present the abstract, An Effective Approach to Improve Post-Hip Fracture Care in Seniors through Osteoporosis Management.

The abstract was written by ABJHI’s Fragility and Stability project manager, Liz Evens, who is helping the Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network roll out the FLS program across Alberta. FLS assigns a dedicated team, including a registered nurse and physician, to anyone age 50 or older who fractures a hip. The team helps patients who have osteoporosis to manage their disease, assesses patients for medical conditions that may be contributing to falls, and develops a treatment and prevention plan. FLS was introduced first at Misericordia Hospital in Edmonton last year. It is being expanded to other hospitals across the province.

The COA’s annual meeting will run from June 16 to 19 in Quebec City.

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