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Published on March 25, 2014

MU Hip Fracture Improvement Team Receives Highest Certification for Geriatric Program

COLUMBIA, Mo. - University of Missouri Health Care's Interdisciplinary Hip Fracture Improvement Team recently achieved Premier Level certification from the International Geriatric Fracture Society.

Premier Level certification recognizes health care teams that exceed national outcomes standards in the management of geriatric fractures.

"The society developed this certification process to acknowledge geriatric fracture care teams that achieve and exceed high standards," said Brett Crist, M.D., co-director of orthopaedic trauma services at University Hospital and associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at the MU School of Medicine. "We are proud that MU Health Care's team has been recognized for its collaborative efforts, quality initiatives and positive outcomes. Receiving the highest level of certification demonstrates our commitment to quality improvement and enhanced outcomes for hip fracture patients."

Crist says the multidisciplinary team's primary focus is to optimize the patient for surgery by addressing any medical conditions unrelated to the fracture that could delay or affect surgery. 

"Once those conditions have been stabilized, surgical repair of the injury is followed closely by prompt post-operative rehabilitation, continued management of additional health issues and early discharge planning," said Crist. "Our multi-service team has continuously redefined care coordination for elderly patients who fracture their hips."

Formed in 2005, MU Health Care's collaborative team includes members from the departments of anesthesia, emergency medicine, family and community medicine, medicine, orthopaedic surgery, pharmacy services, and physical medicine and rehabilitation.