Hip fractures are one of the most common problems affecting nursing home residents. As we age our bones thin and become more brittle increasing the likelihood of a sustaining a hip fracture due to a fall or being dropped by nursing home staff. Most hip fractures require surgical repair when the hip joint is actually replaced with hardware. Here is a useful step-by-step explanation of how a hip replacement surgery is done.
Prevention of falls should be a priority in all nursing homes. To minimize the risk of falls the following fall prevention measures should be taken.
- Remove clutter from floor
- Remove improperly fitting slippers and other clothing
- Keep bed rails up when patients are sleeping
- Provide adequate staff and equipment when transferring into and out of bed
- Install handrails in areas where patients need stability
- Keep call lights within reach of residents in bed at all times. Residents can request assistance easily.
- Lock wheels on wheelchairs and beds when transferring patients
- Monitor patients with low blood pressure
If a loved one sustained a fractured hip or femur during a stay at a nursing home, it may be due to the negligence of the facility. Our office can work with you and determine if you have a viable cause of action. Speak to an experienced nursing home attorney anytime. (800) 926-7565
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