Management of common fractures
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Management of common fractures

Jennie Walker Clinical educator, Directorate of Musculoskeletal and Neurosciences, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham

The incidence of fractures increases with advancing age partly due to the presence of multiple comorbidities and increased risk of falls. Common fracture sites in older people include femoral neck, distal radius and vertebral bodies. Nurses have an important role in caring for older patients who have sustained fractures, not only to maximise function and recovery, but as part of a team to minimise the morbidity and mortality associated with fractures in this group.


Nursing Older People. 25, 1,30-36. doi: 10.7748/nop2013.

Received: 31 October 2012

Accepted: 09 November 2012

Published in print: 30 January 2013

Conflict Of Interest

None declared

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review