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.

ACOM Faculty Member Seeing Patients

Gregory Thompson, DO, is now seeing patients for Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) two days a week at the NeuroSpine Center.

Dr. Thompson is the chairman of Osteopathic Principles and Practice at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM).

OMT is a system of evaluation and treatment designed to help patients receive a greater range of motion of the joints; improve blood flow and nerve function; reduce or eliminate musculoskeletal pain and generally restore normal function to the body.

OMT involves the use of manual pressure to effect a change in joint position or tissue tension. It can be used to complement the treatment of all forms of disease, especially musculoskeletal disorders such as low back pain; neck pain; sports injuries; repetitive stress injuries; and headaches.

Autism Awareness

As researchers nationwide learn more about autism, the rate of diagnosis has increased significantly in children.AutismSpotlight230x90

1 in 150 children is diagnosed with autism – a complex neurobiological disorder, ranging from mild to severe, that impairs a person's ability to communicate and relate to others and typically lasts throughout a lifetime. Autism is diagnosed more than pediatric cancer, diabetes and AIDS, but because of the stigma attached to the condition, many parents don't seek help for their children.

"Early intervention plays a vital role in giving children with autism a chance at having as close to a normal life as possible," says Fran Heisner, a speech therapist at Southeast Alabama Medical Center. During Autism Awareness Month, celebrated each April and sponsored by the Autism Society of America (ASA), an opportunity is provided to educate the public about the condition that is usually evident by age 3.