Orthogeriatrics is a subspecialty
developed in response to clinical, social and financial needs
in the management of patients with fragility fractures, and more
specifically hip fractures.
This objective of the training for participants are for them to
be able to follow good standard of care in term of :
1. Prompt admission under the care
of an orthopedic consultant
2. Rapid comprehensive assessment with surgical, medical and anesthetic
3. Minimal delay to surgery
4. Accurate and well-performed surgery
5. Prompt mobilization
6. Early MDT rehabilitation
7. Early supported discharge and community rehabilitation
8. Secondary prevention of fractures.
The aim of the orthogeriatric model
1. Addresses gaps in current service
2. Incorporating planned infrastructure
changes for health services
as well as heeding the demographic predictions and other challenges.
3. The focus of the model is the
care of older people presenting with fragility
fractures to the tertiary care environment.
4. Primary and secondary care for
the 'at risk' older person and younger person is included.
5. There may be a focus on hip fractures
as the most significant of the fragility fracture group in terms
of associated debility and resource use. However, other fractures
are not neglected, as they should also receive specialised attention
from orthogeriatric services.