Assessing the safety and effectiveness of hip protectors

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Hip protectors are used in the preventive management of older people who are at risk of fracturing their hip after a fall. However, nurses have little guidance about which type is the most appropriate for particular patients. This article highlights the different designs available and their mechanical performance was assessed by the authors using a purpose-built impact rig. Problems with compliance and issues about tissue viability are discussed and the article also contains a risk assessment tool to help nurses decide on which is the most suitable type of hip protector to use.

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