Geriatric Fracture Program
The Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center Geriatric Fracture Program is dedicated exclusively to the care of older patients with fractures.
- Is the first of its kind in the region
- Is designed to help patients achieve the best possible outcome
- Helps curb the negative effects of geriatric bone fractures.
Each patient in the Avera McKennan Geriatric Fracture Program is managed by a team comprised of:
- Orthopedic surgeons
- Specialized nurses
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
All of these experienced professionals work together to create care plans that best manage the care of fracture patients.
Fractured bones can cause a tremendous amount of pain, and effective pain management is one of the Avera McKennan Geriatric Fracture Program’s primary goals from the time a patient arrives. In addition to pain management by medicine, we aim for early surgical treatment to relieve the pain from the fracture. After surgery, pain management remains an important focus and pain continues to be managed by our dedicated team.
Researchshows that patients who are evaluated and treated quickly after a hip fracture have better outcomes. That’s why Avera McKennan’s Geriatric Fracture Program has streamlined the admission process that allows hip fracture patients who enter the Emergency Department at Avera McKennan to receive priority care. What’s more, patients in some skilled nursing facilities or assisted living facilities can be admitted directly to the program and bypass the Emergency Department altogether.
Most patients who are admitted to the program are evaluated by a physician and prepared for surgery to repair the fracture within 24 hours.
Screenings for Osteoporosis and Falls Risk Analysis
Part of the goal of the Geriatric Fracture Program is to:
- Educate the community about what causes hip fractures
- Determine who is most at risk so fractures can be avoided.
This education includes:
- Screening for osteoporosis
- Performing falls risk analysis on patients before they have experienced a fall, and also on patients who have already endured a fracture
Continuum of Care
Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center offers services to care for the range of needs geriatric fracture patients experience.
Osteoporosis Program provides education about bones, osteoporosis and fall prevention to reduce the chance the patient will experience another fracture.
Inpatient Rehab Center provides care for recovering fracture patients. A specialized team provides these patients with physical and occupational therapy on a daily basis.
Outpatient Rehab provides a broad range of therapy services on an outpatient basis to patients who have returned home, but need to continue building their strength.