Geriatric Fracture Program
The Geriatric Fracture Program at Baptist Health Medical Center – Little Rock is a senior wellness program designed to provide improved care to meet the special needs of the geriatric fracture patient. Our exclusive program includes a multi-disciplinary approach with orthopedic surgeons, hospitalists, anesthesia, nursing and rehabilitation therapies all working together to streamline and offer the best orthopedic rehabilitation centers possible for patients. Whether a patient needs to be directly admitted from another hospital or nursing home, or brought in by ambulance, we are prepared and ready to provide excellent care.
Patient undergoing therapy in the Baptist Health Geriatric Fracture Program
The Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock Geriatric Fracture program is dedicated exclusively to the care of older patients with fractures and is the first of its kind in Little Rock. Through various rehab and senior wellness programs, the program is designed to help patients achieve the best possible outcome and curb the negative effects of geriatric bone fractures.
Each patient in the Geriatric Fracture program is managed by an interdisciplinary team ranging from orthopedic surgeons and anesthesiologists to specialized nurses and physical and occupational therapists. All of these experienced professionals work together to create care plans that best manage the care of fracture patients and provides the best possible environment in our orthopedic rehabilitation centers.
Fractured bones can cause a tremendous amount of pain, and effective pain management is one of the Geriatric Fracture program's primary goals from the time a patient arrives. In addition to pain management by medicine, we aim for early surgical treatment to relieve the pain from the fracture. After surgery, pain management remains an important focus and pain continues to be managed by our dedicated, interdisciplinary team and orthopedic rehabilitation centers.
Research shows that patients who are evaluated and treated quickly after a hip fracture have better outcomes. That's why Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock's Geriatric Fracture program has streamlined the admission process that allows hip fracture patients who enter the emergency department at Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock to receive priority care. What's more, patients in some skilled nursing facilities or assisted living facilities can be admitted directly to the program and bypass the emergency department altogether.
Most patients who are admitted to the program are evaluated by a physician and prepared for surgery to repair the fracture within 24 hours.