Geriatric Fracture Program uses interdisciplinary team

Since SAMC initiated its Geriatric Fracture Program in cooperation with the Southern Bone & Joint

orthopedic physicians, approximately 50 patients have used the program, which is the only one of its kind in the region.

Created in 2012, this specialized program streamlines care for elderly patients who have suffered a fracture from a recent fall.

The program uses a multi-disciplined team approach with orthopedic surgeons, internal medicine physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, registered nurses and case managers working together to ensure the best outcomes.

One of three specially trained geriatric fracture nurses is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help implement orders for the special needs of the geriatric patient. This highly organized approach can shorten hospital stays, maximize patient outcomes and ensure higher patient satisfaction.

SAMC is ranked No. 1 in the region plus ranked in the top 10 percent in the state and the nation for Patient Safety in Major Orthopedic Surgery by CareChex, a medical quality rating system.