The Hip Protector is one of the most cost-effective ways to prevent a hip fracture
It is a specially padded undergarment and is designed to help absorb the shock of an impact to the hip caused by a fall and help prevent hip fractures by redirecting the force from the hip to the surrounding muscles and tissue. Many studies have been performed looking at the effectivness of hip protection and fracture reduction. I have outlined some of the studies below.
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First scientific article to document protective effect of hip protectors among nursing homes residents in Denmark. Reduced hip fracture rate by more than 50% in the ward randomized study. No change was found in the rate of non-hip fractures. A break through in the prevention of fractures. Open intervention study with hip protectors among nursing homes residents in Norway with reduction of hip fracture rate by one third. The randomized nursing homes study in Japan with hip protectors documented and confirmed the high effectiveness in the prevention of hip fractures. The preventive effect was even greater than the earlier studies.
Randomized study about the introduction program of hip protectors in nursing homes. A systematic introduction program increased use of hip protectors from about 10% to 70% in the German study. Focuses on factors influencing the adherence of hip protectors among elderly people and is a guide to future behavioral studies improving adherence of hip protectors.
Open intervention study among nursing homes residents in Oslo with reduction of hip fracture rate by one third. Gives a realistic insight into what can be achieved in community by introducing hip protectors in nursing homes. Single individual randomized hip protector study among elderly Australians. No overall intention to treat effect, but a significant effect among users of hip protectors. The rate of hip fractures was low and statistical power of the study poor.
A multi-targeted approach to prevent falls among frail elderly people. The intervention documented a reduction in fall rate by one sixth, but hip fracture rate fell to very low rate and was most likely due to the use of hip protectors, whereas non-hip fractures had higher rates. Multi-targeted interventions are difficult to interpret, but these data seem very promising.