ETMC Orthopedic Institute’s bone program earns national recognition

October 8, 2016

content-news-ortho-own-boneThe East Texas Medical Center Orthopedic Institute has been recognized by The American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) Own the Bone program as a 2017 Star Performer.

“The program helps us identify, evaluate and treat patients that suffer from an osteoporosis or low bone density-related fracture,” said Kristin Meharry, FNP-C, with the ETMC Orthopedic Institute. “We are very proud of this recognition.”

ETMC is among 72 institutions to receive Own the Bone Star Performer recognition. These sites achieved a 75 percent compliance rate with at least five of the 10 prevention measures.

Prevention measures include educating patients on the importance of calcium and vitamin D; physical activity; falls prevention; limiting alcohol intake and quitting smoking; recommending and initiating bone mineral density testing; discussing pharmacotherapy and treatment; and providing written communication to the patient and their physician regarding risk factors and treatments.

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, up to 50 percent of all women and 25 percent of men over the age of 50 years will sustain a fragility fracture. Studies show patients who have a fragility fracture are two to four times more likely to experience another fracture than those who never had one.