HipSaver, Inc.

New Study Reports High Compliance Rate for Soft Hip Protectors in a Nursing Home Population, Confirming Their Effectiveness in Preventing Hip Fractures for At-Risk Elders

    Canton, MA (ots) - The Journal of the American Medical Directors
Association reported today on the results of a one-year study on soft
hip protectors in a nursing home. In the study, residents who were at
risk of hip fractures and asked to wear HipSaver® hip protectors
did so 93% of the time. This contrasts markedly with a recent Journal
of the American Medical Association study reporting only 37%
compliance for a hard plastic shell hip protector. Because of the low
compliance in that study, the hard- shelled hip protector studied was
judged ineffective in protecting against hip fractures.
    
    "This result is good news, both for the elderly at risk for hip
fractures and for taxpayers, who foot the one billion dollar annual
bill for the 60'000 hip fractures occurring in U.S. nursing homes
each year. Hip protectors can significantly reduce suffering and save
precious Medicare dollars," states Ed Goodwin, President of HipSaver.
"Previously, independent university biomechanical studies and a
clinical study have proven the effectiveness of soft HipSavers in
reducing hip fractures. Now, this compliance study closes the loop by
showing that nursing home residents at risk of a hip fracture will
indeed wear HipSavers regularly."
    
    This study was conducted at the Masonic Home in Charlton, MA under
the direction of Medical Director Dr. Jeffrey Burl. In this one- year
study, 38 nursing home residents, selected for being at risk of hip
fracture, wore the HipSaver hip protectors 93% of the time.
Indicators for the HipSaver wearing group included osteoporosis, a
previous fracture and having experienced a fall in the previous year.
The average age of participants was 89.5 and they each fell an
average of 3.9 times during the year of the study. While wearing the
HipSavers, these residents fell 126 times during the study year, yet
none sustained a hip fracture. The study revealed the importance of
interdisciplinary involvement of nursing, rehabilitation, and
housekeeping in starting and sustaining a successful hip protector
program. The study also revealed that hip protectors can be
incorporated into the care plan in an actual nursing home with little
extra effort.
    
    HipSavers, which have been on the market for 8 years, feature a
patented encapsulated soft memory foam pad. Upon impact, the thin pad
bloats like a miniature air bag and thereby reduces the force of the
fall to the hip bone. After the impact, the pad returns to its
relaxed state. HipSavers are produced in a dedicated manufacturing
plant in Norwood, Massachusetts. HipSaver now has a strong market
presence in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the UK
and most recently, Israel.
    
    More information can be obtained by calling +44/1835/864-866 or
visiting www.hipsaver.co.uk.
    
    The published study can also be viewed at www.jamda.com.
    
    For: HipSaver, Inc.
    7 Hubbard Street
    Canton, MA 02021
    
ots Originaltext: The HipSaver Co., Inc.
Internet: www.newsaktuell.ch

Contact:
In U.K.
Halina Wooldridge
Win Health Ltd.
Phone:  +44/1835/864-866

In Ireland
Frank Sheehan
Physio Needs Ltd.
Phone:  +35/316/602-808



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