Stoke Mandeville Hospital’s Fracture Liaison Service has been granted international recognition for its fracture prevention work with patients admitted to hospital.
The service, offered by the Trust’s falls prevention team, together with fracture liaison nurse Jane Sutherington and trauma coordinator Elaine Geddes, is one of only six in the country to be awarded the International Osteoporosis Foundation’s ‘Capture the Fracture’ silver rating which recognises best practice in preventing further fractures among people who have already suffered a break.
The aim of the rating is to encourage organisations to target these patients, who have double the normal risk for a future breakage, assess their bone health and initiate treatment.
‘Capture the Fracture’ aims to promote a coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach to patient care, as this has been demonstrated to result in fewer fractures and significant cost savings for healthcare systems.
One in three women and one in five men over 50 will suffer a fracture due to osteoporosis but there are many steps that can be taken to prevent and manage the condition. Many fractures can be avoided through a combination of lifestyle changes and appropriate medical treatment.