Medical Protection Technologies to Demonstrate Fall-Safe® Hip Protectors at Major Patient Safety Conference

Fall-related Hip Fractures Are Among the Most Serious and Costly Health Issues Facing Older Adults and Care Providers

GLENDALE, Ariz.--()--Medical Protection Technologies will demonstrate its next-generation Fall-Safe® Hip Protectors at the major multi-disciplinary Safe Patient Handling and Mobility conference in Glendale, Ariz., April 20-24, 2015.

Fall-Safe Hip Protectors, with their advanced design and materials, provide a simple solution for helping prevent hip fractures. The specialized undergarments, containing a pair of pads designed to prevent fractures from a fall onto the hip, reflect an important trend in the care of older adults—an emphasis on preventing the fracture, not just the fall.

Fall-Safe Hip Protectors are the only hip protectors on the market featuring pads made from the market-leading patented shock-absorbing material D3O®. Soft and flexible in its natural state, D3O instantly becomes rigid when subjected to the impact of a fall, only to quickly become soft and flexible again after the impact energy has been absorbed by the unique material. By remaining pliable until the moment of impact, the pads provide unmatched effectiveness, durability, comfort, and low profile—all keys to successful hip protector implementation.

D. Stephen Robins, M.D., CEO of Medical Protection Technologies, said falls occur frequently and repeatedly among nursing home residents due to advanced age, co-morbidities such as osteoporosis and dementia, and prescription medications. “Despite many years of focusing on fall prevention, falls and hip fractures continue to occur at unacceptable rates,” Dr. Robins said. “To complement fall-prevention strategies, many facilities are turning to fracture prevention—including the use of hip protectors—to improve quality of care and patient safety.”

Among the several leading patient safety entities represented at the meeting, the Veterans Administration is particularly prominent in efforts to promote and increase the use of hip protectors in its facilities. Recommendations include practice guidelines to ensure that at-risk patients are prescribed the use of hip protectors, as well as educating patients on risks for hip fracture and the protective properties of hip protectors. Efforts to increase the use of hip protectors also focus on staff members, who are in a key position to advise and influence residents and their relatives.

Dr. Robins said Fall-Safe Hip Protectors represent the next generation in hip fracture prevention, overcoming limitations of older hip protection products that are often uncomfortable and unsightly, and may need to be replaced after a single impact. “Intelligent molecular engineering” provides long-lasting impact protection while remaining comfortable to wear, even when sleeping. As a result, they offer significant fracture-prevention and cost-saving potential for both institutional and at-home use, particularly in being able to use a single pair of pads over time with multiple undergarments, as well as their unsurpassed retention of impact protection performance despite multiple fall impacts.

Medical Protection Technologies

Medical Protection Technologies, based in Friday Harbor, Wash., is the North American provider of medical device products made from the unique shock-absorbing material 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. Learn more at www.medprotech.com. Follow us on Twitter @MedProTech and Facebook.

Contacts

Medical Protection Technologies
Barbara Sullivan, 714/374–6174
bjs@medprotech.com

Release Summary

Medical Protection Technologies will demonstrate its Fall-Safe® Hip Protectors at the major multi-disciplinary Safe Patient Handling and Mobility in Glendale, Ariz., April 20-24, 2015.

Contacts

Medical Protection Technologies
Barbara Sullivan, 714/374–6174
bjs@medprotech.com