Baycrest experts help draft first-ever national guideline on preventing fractures in long-term care homes
September 16, 2015
Toronto, ON – Baycrest Health Sciences, a global leader in aging and brain health innovations, has helped to draft the first-ever national guideline on preventing fractures in long-term care homes.
The guideline was announced by Osteoporosis Canada on Monday.
“The fracture rate for residents at long-term care homes is two to four times that of similarly-aged adults living in the community,” said Osteoporosis Canada in its news release. “Yet, in many cases, these fractures can be prevented.”
The guideline, entitled Recommendations for Preventing Fracture in Long-Term Care, offers healthcare professionals, residents of long-term care homes and their families, guidance to help take measures to reduce immobility, pain, and hospital transfers, and improve the quality of life for residents at long-term care homes. Five strategies are outlined in the new guideline to prevent fractures: vitamin D and calcium intake, hip protectors, exercise, multifactorial interventions to prevent falls, and osteoporosis medications.
Three Baycrest doctors, Drs. Sid Feldman and Andrea Moser, and Baycrest’s former Vice-President of Medical Services and Chief of Staff, Dr. Paul Katz, were members of the drafting committee for the guideline. Dr. Feldman is Executive Medical Director, Residential and Aging at Home, and Chief of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Baycrest. Dr. Moser is Associate Medical Director, Baycrest’s Apotex Centre, Jewish Home for the Aged, and the Behavioural Supports Ontario primary care lead for the Central Local Health Integration Network.
“Falls and fractures are far too common and can have devastating life-changing consequences for residents of long-term care,” said Dr. Feldman, who is a member of the Executive of the Scientific Advisory Board of Osteoporosis Canada.
“Our hope is that these recommendations will help physicians and staff in long-term care homes have an evidence-based approach to reducing the risk of serious fractures and therefore to improve quality of life for residents.”
The full guideline is available on the Canadian Medical Association Journal website.
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