About the Course
Target audience: The target audience for this education program is nurses who want to enhance their nursing skills when caring for the older adult who has experienced a fragility hip fracture.
Course overview: The global incidence of fragility hip fractures continues to rise on an annual basis making it one of the most common causes of hospital admission following trauma for older adults. This injury can be overwhelming for both patient and family, often resulting in permanent disability and increased reliance on others. Nurses are in an optimal position to make a significant difference for patients who suffer a fragility fracture. This education program provides information that will help nurses to provide quality nursing care for those older adults who have experienced a fragility hip fracture.
- Discuss the impact of fragility hip fracture on global health care systems.
- Describe methods to assess bone health and fracture risk.
- Identify common complications associated with care of older adults with fragility hip fracture.
- Articulate specific nursing management strategies to address common complications.
- Discuss fracture liaison service as a process for secondary fracture prevention.
About the Author
Anita J. Meehan, MSN, RN-BC, ONC, FNGNA; Ami Hommel, RN, CNS, PhD; Karen Hertz, RGN, MSc, BSc; Valerie MacDonald, RN, MSN, ONC, CNS; and Ann Butler Maher, MS, RN, FNP-BC, ONC
Ms. Meehan is a clinical nurse specialist, gerontology, Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital, Akron, Ohio, and an ambassador for the International Collaboration of Orthopedic Nursing (ICON).
Dr. Hommel is an associate professor at Skane University Hospital and Malmo University, Malmo, Sweden, and an ambassador for the International Collaboration of Orthopedic Nursing (ICON).
Ms. Hertz is an advanced nurse practitioner at the University Hospital of North Midlands, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom, and chair of the International Collaboration of Orthopedic Nursing (ICON).
Ms. MacDonald is a Fraser health authority at the Burnaby General Hospital, British Columbia, and adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia School of Nursing, Vancouver, British Columbia. Ms. MacDonald is also an ambassador for the International Collaboration of Orthopedic Nursing (ICON).
Ms. Maher is a family nurse practitioner at Long Branch, New Jersey, and ambassador for the International Collaboration of Orthopedic Nursing (ICON).
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