Alberta’s new program to help hip fracture patients prevent another fracture was among the new developments in patient care featured at the Canadian Orthopaedic Association’s annual meeting June 16 to 19 in Quebec City.
An abstract on the program, called Fracture Liaison Services (FLS), was presented by Dr. Paul Kivi, care of the elderly physician at Edmonton’s Misericordia Hospital. 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 FLS 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.