[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 10, May 2012].
In this Department of Health video web blog posting, Professor Alistair Burns (National Clinical Dementia Director, Department of Health) discusses fragility fractures and the association with dementia. He mentions a number of issues:
- 40-50% elderly people with hip fractures have some form of dementia or cognitive impairment. More may be affected by delirium.
- Rehabilitation is more of a challenge to people with dementia
- Routine checks for people admitted to hospitals with a hip fracture will now include an assessment of the patient’s memory and cognitive function on admission and after their operation / prior to discharge.
- These checks fo the presence of dementia or delirium are intended to result in more appropriate treatment, better rehabilitation care and better outcomes for dementia sufferers and their carers.
Read more and view the video: Hip fractures and dementia. Department of Heath, Dementia.
An important NAO report (2007) found that in just this one condition (fractured hip), more effective identification, management of care and discharge could produce savings of between £64 and £102 million a year nationally.
National Audit Office (2007). Improving services and support for people with dementia. London: National Audit Office / The Stationery Office, 2007. (Click here to read the executive summary).