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Hip Fracture Prevention / Hip Protectors Primer / Science and Clinical Studies / Fall Prevention


Hip protector research, Hip Protectors, the value of Hip Protectors in an acute setting, Fall Prevention in Hospitals and Institutions: Hip fractures (as a result of falls / osteoporosis / bone loss) are a major and growing socio-economic problem in the US. More than 90% of hip fractures are related to a direct impact to the hip, and hip protector ("padding") systems have been introduced as a concept in the prevention of these fractures.

300,000 Hip Fractures in the US alone per Year


Several clinical studies have been carried out with hip protectors (protection of the greater trochanter). The goal of these studies has been to confirm/disapprove efficacy (reduction in the the number of hip fractures), clarify patient compliance ("willingness" of patients to wear hip protectors), and establish the health-economic benefit from the use of hip protectors. | Hip Protector use in the community.

Fall Statistics (actual data) in Hospitals (example NQF Measures at Each Massachusetts Hospital); Click here for actual falls data by MA Hospital

The general effect of hip protectors (in particular of impact diverting hip protectors) has been proven in various biomechanical studies. Laboratory experiments have shown it is possible to reduce impact force on the greater trochanter with the use of shell type protectors and horse-shoe shaped protectors. Soft hip protectors may offer a lower reduction of the peak force.

In total over 4,000 patients have been studied. Studies of hip protectors have been carried out in different care settings; nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home care, hospitals and people living at home.

Patient compliance varies greatly in the studies and is dependent on factors such as; "a previous hip fracture", "fear of falling" and "snowy weather".

Learn more - Hip Protector Clinical Studies:

Douglas P. Kiel (2007), Jay Magaziner, Sheryl Zimmerman, Linda Ball, Bruce A. Barton, Kathleen M. Brown, Judith P. Stone, Dawn Dewkett, Stanley J. Birge.

Efficacy of a Hip Protector to Prevent Hip Fracture in Nursing Home Residents: The HIP PRO Randomized Controlled Trial.

JAMA. 2007;298:413-422. Vol. 298 No. 4, July 25, 2007JAMA / Efficacy of a Hip Protector to Prevent Hip Fracture in Nursing Home Residents:

van Schoor (2003) Prevention of Hip Fractures by External Hip Protectors. A Randomized Controlled Trial - JAMA April 16, 2003 561 elderly patients (70 years or older). (SAFEHIP Hip Protectors)

Kannus (2000) Prevention of Hip Fracture in Elderly People with Use of a Hip Protector - NEJM November 23, 2000 1,801 elderly patients.(KPH Hip Protectors)



Hindso (1998)
Findings: Clinical controlled, but not randomised study of elderly 1,684 inpatients predominantly coming from their own homes. The users of the shell type hip protectors experienced a relative risk of sustaining a hip fracture of 88% (difference not statisticaly significant).

Ekman (1997)
Findings: Randomised and controlled trial of 11 months duration including 745 nursing home residents a relative risk of 0.33, when adjusting for sex and age. In the control group of 442 residents 17 hip fractures were recorded compared to 4 hip fractures in the intervention group of 302 residents.

Lauritzen (1993)
Hip protectors were made of stiff shells placed in pockets of special made underwear.
Findings: Randomised controlled trial of 11 months duration including 665 nursing home residents (444 women, 121 men) that the risk of suffering a hip fracture was reduced to 43% in the intervention group, and none hip fracture occurred while wearing the protectors.

Wortberg (1988)
Hip protectors were made of silicone pads.
Findings: No hip fractures in 16 protected falls compared to 4 hip fractures in 7 unprotected falls. Results were based on fall registration in a non-randomised and not controlled nursing home study.

Conclusion

Hip protection systems (Hip Protectors / Hip Pads) may be a factor in the prevention of hip fractures. A percentage of hip fractures theoretically may be preventable but poor patient compliance and other factors brings down the number of actual reduction of hip fractures. Even a minor reduction in the occurrence of hip fractures should have positive economic impact. When wearing a hip protector, one cannot exclude the possibility of sustaining a hip fracture.

Please note that the none of the products on the US market have been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for the prevention of hip fractures.


References

Wortberg WE. Hüft-Fraktur-Bandage zur Verhinderung von Oberschenkelhals-brüchen bei alter Menshen. Der Oberschenkelhalsbruch, ein biomechanishes Problem. Z Gerontolog 1988; 21: 169-73.

Lauritzen JB, Petersen MM, Lund B. Effect of external hip protectors on hip fractures. Lancet. 1993; 341: 11-3.

Hindso K, Lauritzen JB, Sonne-Holm S. Prevention of hip fractures using external hip protectors. Acta Orthop Scand 1996; 67 (Suppl 267): 31.

Ekman A, Mallmin H, Michaëlsson K, Ljunghall S. External hip protectors to prevent osteoporotic hip fractures. Lancet 1997; 350: 563-4.

Cameron,I.; Kurrle,S. External hip protectors. J Am Geriatr Soc 1997; 45: 1158.

Hindso K. Prevention of hip fractures using external hip protectors. Risk factors for falls, hip fractures, and mortality; and evaluation of the consequences of fear of falling among older orthopaedic patients. PhD-thesis 1998; University of Copenhagen.




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