Study in JAMA Internal Medicine Shows High Risk of Death & Functional Decline in Nursing Home Residents After Hip Fracture

Medical Protection Technologies' High-Tech Fall-Safe® Hip Protectors Leverage Impact Protection Technology from Extreme Sports & Law Enforcement to Shield Older Adults from Hip Fracture

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Expert Available:  

Robin VanHyning, a leading expert in elder care who has worked in senior living for 26 years, is available for interviews and can comment about falls among nursing home residents, their impact on patient mortality and functional decline, and the role that hip protection technology plays in reducing hip fractures. VanHyning, co-founder of Cornerstone Senior Care Solutions and Healthcare Training, is a former nursing home administrator and geriatric nurse specialist. She also currently serves as Nursing and Long-Term Care Director at Medical Protection Technologies.

 
Study Findings:

A retrospective cohort study in JAMA Internal Medicine found that almost half of nursing home residents died within one year of hip fracture, and of those who survived, many were left with long-term functional impairment and loss of independence. The study was conducted by investigators from the University of Pennsylvania and University of Maryland School of Medicine and looked at 60,111 Medicare beneficiaries residing in nursing homes.

Additional results include:

  • 36.2 percent of patients died within six months after hip fracture.
  • Among patients not totally dependent at baseline, 53.5 percent died within six months or became totally dependent after hip fracture.
 
Breakthrough Technology:

Fall-Safe® Hip Protectors are made from D3O®, an innovative patented shock-absorbing material that is soft and flexible in its natural state, but becomes instantly rigid upon impact. Described as having “intelligent molecules,” D3O has long been used for impact protection in sports, military, and law enforcement. Fall-Safe Hip Protectors from Medical Protection Technologies offer the unique combination of rigidity when needed—to absorb the shock of the fall—yet softness and comfort at all other times, even while sleeping.

 
Expert Quote:

According to VanHyning, a patient with a hip fracture in a nursing home has a worse six-month prognosis than residents with many newly diagnosed metastatic cancers. “Many seniors feel they don’t need hip protectors, and many families don't realize the high risk of hip fractures due to falls and their devastating consequences. Hip protectors offer a simple solution, and families and nursing homes shouldn't wait for a fracture before taking action.”

 
About Medical Protection Technologies:

Medical Protection Technologies, based in Friday Harbor, Wash., is the North American provider of medical device products made from D3O. Its Fall-Safe Hip Protector offers the ideal combination of high-impact protection, durability, affordability, and wearing comfort, thereby enhancing compliance with hip protection protocols. As a result, it offers significant fracture-prevention and cost-saving potential for both at-home and institutional use. Learn more at www.medprotech.com.

Contacts

Sullivan & Associates
Barbara Sullivan, 714/374-6174
bsullivan@sullivanpr.com

Release Summary

Study in JAMA Internal Medicine Shows High Risk of Death & Functional Decline in Nursing Home Residents After Hip Fracture- High-Tech Fall-Safe® Hip Protectors Leverage Impact Protection Technology

Contacts

Sullivan & Associates
Barbara Sullivan, 714/374-6174
bsullivan@sullivanpr.com