CANTON, MA (ots) - A new study published in The Journal of the
American Medical Association reports that a hard shell hip protector
was ineffective in preventing hip fractures in older people. The
study, conducted in Amsterdam, on 561 older persons concludes that
moderate daytime and poor nighttime compliance were major factors in
the negative outcome. The study authors further suggests that soft
hip protectors could improve compliance and thereby increase the
effectiveness of hip protectors as an intervention.
"It's only common sense that an older person would prefer
underwear with a soft protector over one with a hard plastic shell,"
states Ed Goodwin, President of HipSaver®, the manufacturer of the
leading soft hip protector brand. "I predicted this type of outcome
10 years ago when I invented the encapsulated soft HipSaver pad. I
just didn't think it would take so long for researchers to realize
the incongruity of a hard shelled underwear."
Hard shell hip protectors have been developed by several companies
in the northern European nations and have been on the market for
nearly a decade. The common theme of all the studies on hard shell
protectors has understandably been poor compliance. Early researchers
rejected soft pads because of the perceived thickness required and
problems of washing soft foam pads. In the mid 90's HipSaver solved
both of these problems by heat-sealing a visco-elastic memory foam
into a water-proof pouch. The product is totally machine-washable and
it functions like a thin mini-airbag on each hip. Biomechanical tests
at Harvard and Tampere Universities prove that the HipSaver pad is
biomechanically superior to the hard shell protector. A published
clinical study found the product 100% effective in preventing hip
fractures over a two year period and a recent one-year compliance
study reports a 94% compliance rate in a nursing home population.
HipSaver is currently available in the US, UK, Ireland, Canada,
and Australia. More information on HipSaver can be obtained by
calling 800-358-4477 or by visiting www.hipsaver.com.
HipSaver, Inc. 7 Hubbard Street, Canton, MA 02021 USA
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