Outstanding Hospitals Don't Simply Treat Fragility Fractures - They Prevent Fractures From Recurring. The Best Hospitals Own The Bone.
Jefferson Regional is implementing the American Orthopaedic Association’s Own the Bone™ Program, an osteoporosis program for inpatients admitted to the hospital with a fragility fracture. The program is aimed at better identifying, evaluating and treating patients that suffer from an osteoporosis or low bone density-related fragility fracture (a broken bone that results from a fall from standing height or less).
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, as many as 50 percent of all women and 25 percent of men ages 50 and older will sustain fragility fractures in their lifetime. Studies show that once a patient has a fragility fracture, he or she is likely to experience another one.
"We think this is an exciting first step in increasing osteoporosis awareness. Our goal is to continue to collaborate with our physicians and to screen and treat our at-risk patients." - Brett Morgan, Director, Orthopedic Services
The Own the Bone Program is a national Web-based quality improvement registry that incorporates 10 measures for reducing future fractures and provides Jefferson Regional with immediate feedback on program performance. With Own the Bone, Jefferson Regional can ensure that our patients with fragility fractures are screened and appropriately treated for low bone density or osteoporosis.
Our Osteoporosis Coordinator, Lynette Judy, RN, will implement the program to help reduce repeat fragility fractures for at-risk patients by:
- Identifying patients ages 50 and older admitted with a fragility/low energy fracture.
- Screening, educating and treating patients as appropriate and as per physician order.
- Maintaining a log of patients entered into the Web-based registry.
- Following up with patients after 60-90 days to inquire about compliance with established program measures.
To learn more or request additional information about Osteoporosis, please call our Osteoporosis Coordinator at 412-469-5261.