When you have a loved one in a nursing home, you hope and trust that all of the best medical care is right there at their fingertips, available because they pay to have care immediately available. You also hope that the medical professionals caring for your loved one are abreast of the latest research and information in elderly care and injury prevention, research like this study:
A study has shown that the relatively simple procedure of having cataract surgery can significantly reduce the chances of a broken hip, by nearly 30%.
According to the New York Times:
The new study, published on Tuesday in The Journal of the American Medical Association, examined the incidence of hip fractures within a year of cataract surgery in a random sample of 1.1 million Medicare beneficiaries age 65 and older who were given a cataract diagnosis from 2002 to 2009.
The study compared the incidence of hip fracture among 410,809 patients who had surgery to remove the cataracts during the study period with the incidence among those who did not, adjusting for differences in age, race, sex, place of residence, cataract severity and other illnesses and physically limiting conditions.
Some 13,976 of the patients sustained hip fractures in the course of a year.
Those who had cataracts removed sustained 16 percent fewer hip fractures in the year after surgery than those who did not, the study found, though the youngest patients — those ages 65 to 69 — did not reap this benefit, and in fact experienced an increase in hip fractures.
Hip fractures are a common occurrence in nursing home facilities and are frequently the catalyst to the elderly living out the remainder of their years in a far more sedentary manner. Injury prevention through high quality care — even, perhaps, cataract surgery — can ensure their years are spent as comfortable as possible.
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Every moment that a doctor delays treatment or a nursing home staff member neglects an emergency situation, time ticks off the clock of life. When dealing with the elderly, prompt and preventative care is crucial. If that care is not provided, you and your loved one may be able to seek compensation for the consequences.
The Indianapolis medical malpractice and nursing home attorneys of Baker & Gilchrist know your rights, even when you don’t. Contact us today to discuss your situation and what can be done. We can offer a free consultation.