Aiming to better identify, evaluate and treat patients suffering from osteoporosis
OCEANSIDE, Calif. — Tri-City Medical Center announced today that it has implemented the American Orthopaedic Association’s Own the Bone® Program, a system aimed at better identifying, evaluating and treating patients that suffer from an osteoporosis or low bone density-related fragility fracture (i.e. broken bones that result from a fall from standing height or less).
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), up to 50 percent of all women and 25 percent of men over the age of 50 will sustain fragility fractures in their lifetime. The American Bone Health Prevalence Report states that more people in the United States suffer from a fragility fracture each year than are diagnosed with a heart attack, stroke or breast cancer combined, and the number is projected to significantly increase as the population ages. Additionally, studies show that patients who have had a fragility fracture are 2 to 4 times more likely to experience another fracture than those who have never had one.
“We are all very excited to be bringing this multi-specialty program to our patients here Tri-City Medical Center’s Orthopaedic & Spine Institute,” said Rachel Anderson, nurse practitioner at the Orthopaedic & Spine Institute. “‘Own the Bone’ will prove to be an essential tool in helping to reduce fragility fractures in our community.”
According to the National Committee for Quality Assurance, only 1 in 5 Medicare patients have received the osteoporosis care they needed after a fracture. The Own the Bone Program is a national, web-based quality improvement registry that incorporates 10 measures for reducing future fractures to help ensure those needs continue to be met and benchmarked.
“Every decision we make at Tri-City Medical Center is centered around our patients well being,” said Tim Moran, CEO of Tri-City Medical Center. “We are confident that this tried-and-true system will effectively complement our patient-focused approach to the prevention and treatment of orthopaedic-related injuries.”
About Tri-City Medical Center
Tri-City Medical Center has served its community for more than half a century and is a Gold Seal- approved full service, acute-care hospital with two advanced institutes and over 500 physicians practicing in 60 specialties. Tri-City Medical Center has become the county’s leader in robotic and minimally invasive surgical technologies, including being the first to provide in San Diego County the Mazor Renaissance Surgical Guidance System for surgical repair of spinal deformities, injuries and rehabilitation as well as a nationwide destination for hip preservation surgery. Tri-City Medical Center also has the only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in North San Diego County, now with the NICView System, a password-protected webcam system that allows parents and relatives to remotely view their newest family member. Tri-City Medical Center was recognized as an innovator in medical treatments, research, technology and care delivery as well as an anchor of health in the country.
For more information about Tri-City Medical Center and Tri-City Healthcare District, please visit www.tricitymed.org.
About The AOA
The American Orthopaedic Association (aoassn.org), founded in 1887, is the oldest national orthopaedic association in the world. The AOA’s mission is to identify, develop, engage and recognize leadership to further the art and science of orthopaedics.
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