Tahoe Forest Hospital District honored for orthopedic care
October 19, 2016
Tahoe Forest Health System recently received an "Own the Bone Star Performer" designation this year, an achievement reserved for institutions that perform the highest level of fragility fracture and bone health care.
Tahoe Forest Health System achieved an exceptional compliance rate on the 10 prevention measures outlined by the American Orthopedic Association (AOA), including educating fracture patients on the importance of calcium and vitamin D, physical activity, fall prevention, limiting alcohol intake, and quitting smoking, recommending and initiating bone mineral density testing, discussing pharmacotherapy and treatment (when applicable), and providing written communication to patients and their physicians regarding specific risk factors and the fracture patient's need for follow up.
Through participation in AOA's Own the Bone program and recognition as an Own the Bone Star Performer, Tahoe Forest Health System has demonstrated a commitment to helping patients understand their risk for future fractures and the steps they can take to prevent them.
"We work hard to both educate patients and to keep our patients safe," says Judy Newland, Chief Operating Officer, TFHS. "This recognition is a thank you to our community healthcare providers and reflects our commitment to the health and well being of every patient at Tahoe Forest Health System."
What can patients do to protect their bones?
Perform activities that boost your balance and flexibility to reduce your fall risk.
Get adequate calcium and vitamin D, either through diet or supplements, if necessary.
Engage in regular weight bearing and muscle strengthening exercise.
Avoid smoking and limit alcohol to 2-3 drinks per day.
Have you or a loved one had a broken bone over age 50? Talk to your health care provider and get a bone density screening to determine if osteoporosis might be the cause and learn additional steps you might need to take to prevent future fractures.
This article was provided by Tahoe Forest Health System. Visit tfhd.com.