Last week, in the second webinar of a 4-part series, Capture the Fracture (CTF) Chair Prof. Kristina Akesson explained the key steps in Fracture Liaison Service (FLS) implementation. If you missed this or the first of these excellent webinars, you can still download the recorded versions.
Don’t miss out on the next webinar on September 17, 2015 at 09:00 CET: register now to learn how to get mapped and get best practice recognition for your FLS.
All FLS which sign up from June 1 to August 31, 2015 are entered into the prize draw for one of 10 free registrations to the world’s largest bone, muscle and joint congress, WCO-IOF-ESCEO 2016 in Malaga, Spain.
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The FLS of the Reinier Graaf Hospital in Delft has been awarded a silver level of achievement by CTF and this achievement was showcased on the hospital website as well as in local Dutch press news. Capture the Fracture congratulates the Hospital on this achievement and hopes it will encourage many other Dutch FLS to follow the same path.
The FLS at the Reinier de Graaf Hospital has now been running since 2007. One major characteristic of this FLS is that there is no medical specialist directly involved in the patient consultation. All fracture patients are invited for DXA, and during an appointment with the nurse practitioner, DXA and osteoporosis are explained. Orthopaedic and trauma surgeons actively support the FLS by referring patients to the FLS (especially useful for hip fracture and sub capital humeral fracture patients). One of the main sources of referral is however the staff of the plaster room of which Peter Van der Berg, nurse practitioner, is the team manager. This provides a good referring pattern to the FLS, a method Peter Van der Berg would recommend. The consulting hour is performed by a nurse practitioner who is authorized to take medical decisions and prescribe medication. There is an endocrinologist available on a structural basis in case of patients with secondary osteoporosis or other complicating matters. Only 10% of the patients need to visit the endocrinologist, with around 90% referred to the GP for further management after medication is prescribed.