HUNTINGTON, NY —
Less than two years after being named a fragility fracture prevention initiative hospital by the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA), Huntington Hospital's orthopaedics program has been selected as a Star Performer, according to AOA's Own the Bone health care-focused group.
Own the Bone Star Performer status is given to institutions that demonstrate the highest quality of fragility fracture and bone health care. Huntington Hospital's orthopaedics program successfully educated patients about the importance of having adequate calcium and vitamin D in their diet as well as falls prevention methods to receive this designation. In addition, the orthopaedics department has been recommending and performing bone mineral tests when appropriate.
Two million people every year experience a fragility fracture, which occurs due to weakened bones, according to Own the Bone. Approximately a quarter of people who suffer a hip fracture die within a year of injury, the group noted.
"It's critically important that people who are susceptible to fragility fractures – the elderly and people with low bone density, among others – are given all the tools they need to avoid these ailments," said James Gurtowski, MD, chairman of Huntington Hospital's orthopaedics department. "This is why Huntington Hospital has made a strong commitment to being an Own the Bone facility and doing all that we can to prevent these fractures."
Dr. Gurtowski suggested the following measures to help prevent fragility fractures:
- Perform weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises if the person is able
- Quit smoking
- Limit alcohol intake
- Discuss a calcium or vitamin D supplement with a physician
Huntington Hospital first became an Own the Bone facility in 2015; it is the only Star Performer site in Northwell Health. The hospital's hip and knee joint replacement program also has received the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval an impressive four consecutive times.
For more information about Huntington Hospital's orthopaedics department, call 631-351-2700 or go to www.northwell.edu/HuntingtonOrtho.
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