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Nursing Homes Abuse Blog By Jonathan Rosenfeld

A Video Diagram Of A Hip Replacement Surgery

Posted in Hip Fracture, Nursing Home Falls

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. (888) 424-5757

Past Nursing Home Abuse Blog Articles on falls:

Never Event #1: Hospital falls & Trauma

Improper Transfer Leads To Fall & Untimely Death of Rehab Patient

Study Links Medication Use With Falls

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