The femur is the longest bone in the body, located in the thigh. Femur fractures are extremely serious. They can affect the entire lower part of the body. For seniors for living in Hollywood nursing homes, femur breaks are a concern, particularly in situations where a senior has osteoporosis or another condition which can make bones more fragile. In these instances, femur breaks can occur due to even simple falls.
Femur fractures are dangerous for a few reasons. They can cause severe complications in an elderly patient. In addition, long-term fatality rates for patients who have had a femur breaks are higher. Someone who has had this type of fracture faces an increased risk of fatalities within a few years.
Femur fractures in many cases can be prevented. Seniors who have osteoporosis or high risk of femur breaks due to previous injury should be carefully supervised and should get added support when bathing, walking, or getting in and out of bed. Many femur breaks are caused by slip and fall or other fall accidents, so preventing falls at all costs is important. If a patient has osteoporosis or condition which makes them prone to fractures does fall, it is important for them to get treatment and proper medication so they see a reduced risk of complications. In addition, if appropriate, core strengthening exercises and general exercises can help promote fitness as well as core strength, which can both improve bone density and can help reduce the risk of falls.
Nursing homes can also do a great deal to reduce the risk of complications involved with femur breaks. In many cases, these types of fractures respond better to treatment if medical treatment is offered immediately. It is important for medical staff to be able to recognize femur breaks and their risks, even the risk of hairline fracture, and alert medical staff or medical professionals right away. These types of breaks should be treated as emergencies and a patient should get help right away to help reduce the risk of fatalities and serious complications.
In cases where a staff member doesn’t respond appropriately to a femur fracture or any break or even take steps to cover up the break or avoids getting medical attention for a senior resident, it’s important for families to take appropriate action. If you feel that abuse or neglect has contributed to a loved one’s medical condition in a nursing home, contact a Hollywood nursing home abuse and neglect attorney by contacting Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN). In a free, no obligation consultation, you can meet with a member of our experienced staff to review your situation and to get the facts about your legal options.