Each year, 300,000-plus seniors with hip fractures are admitted to hospitals. This number is on the rise. The Centers for Disease Control report that as many as 20% of hip fracture patients die within a year of injury, and up to 25% require nursing care for at least a year.
That is why specialists in orthopedic surgery at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Palm Beach, Florida carefully crafted Fracture Program, with its own dedicated inhospital unit and interdisciplinary staff, works to return patients to pre-injury function. Treatment, customized to each patient’s unique circumstances, works to prevent and address complications immediately.
The following team members co-manage each patient’s care:
- Orthopedic surgeons
- Primary Care Physicians
- Physical and Occupational Therapists
- Social workers
How Patients Benefit
All patient care is designed to improve patient and physician satisfaction, quality of life and function. Our goals:
- Shorter hospital stays
- Marked decrease in mortality rates
- Reduced illness occurring as side effects of treatment
- Streamlined admissions. Patients Fast Track through the emergency room or are directly admitted from partnering nursing homes, assisted-living facilities.
- Designated fracture unit, dedicated hospital resources.
- Strict pain management protocols, expedited surgery to address pain caused by fracture.
- Skilled anesthesiologists with expertise in treating fracture patients. Fully equipped operating room with modern fracture-care devices.
- Smooth transition of post-operative care, including carefully monitored pain management, prompt initiation of physical and occupational therapy, and patient follow-up from social workers, nurses and physician assistants.
- Thorough discharge process, including follow-up with orthopedic surgeons and referral to outpatient therapy and osteoporosis treatment if necessary.
Emergency Department: (561) 671-7203
Surgical Institute: (561) 671-7120