IOF-FFN joint session presents strategies to increase secondary fracture prevention

Capture the Fracture®, now with 233 Fracture Liaison Services (FLS) in 35 countries, was highlighted at the recent Fragility Fracture Network (FFN) Congress in Malmö, Sweden.

There was excellent feedback and much interest shown among delegates following the Capture the Fracture® presentation at the joint IOF session held during the 6th FFN Global Congress 2017 in Malmö, August 24–26 August 2017. There were more than 450 attendees from over 40 countries, including, among other disciplines, orthopedists, geriatricians, internists and, notably, 120 nurse practitioners.

Dr M. Kassim Javaid, Co-chair of the Capture the Fracture Steering Committee, University of Oxford, UK and Masaki Fujita, IOF Science Project Co-ordinator, focused their presentation on effective strategies to increase secondary fracture prevention. They also highlighted the key resources and tools provided by the Capture the Fracture® programme, an IOF initiative which aims to facilitate and improve secondary fracture prevention through the effective implementation of FLS. Currently, 233 FLS from 35 countries are registered with the programme and featured on the Map of Best Practice.

The motto of this year’s FFN Congress was ‘Bridging the Gap’, clearly reflecting Capture the Fracture’s mission to close the secondary fracture prevention care gap. Central themes of the Congress addressed the full pathway of care for fragility fracture patients, including perioperative care, surgical treatment, rehabilitation, secondary prevention, research and policy change.

Nurses, who can play a central role in coordinator based systems of post-fracture care, were well integrated into the programme. In a number of presentations, nurse experts discussed their role in secondary fracture prevention and how they greatly enhance patient care through good rapport with patients, and understanding their needs. Masaki Fujita was pleased to engage in fruitful discussions with several nurse experts including Julie Santy-Tomlinson, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing, and Karen Hertz, Chair of the International Collaboration of Orthopedic Nurses.