The OICM Hip Fracture Program

The only one of its kind in Maine

The OICM Hip Fracture Program is offered at the Orthopaedic Institute of Central Maine. It is built upon the very latest medical research and methodology, and patients are treated using our Core Connect Care℠ orthopaedic team approach. It takes into account the fact that most hip fractures are suffered by geriatric patients who require specialized care.

Best practices for hip fracture treatment

You might think that recovering from hip fracture surgery would require a lot of bed rest. You would not be alone in that assumption. In fact, until recently, it was the most common practice—and many facilities still care for hip fracture patients the same outmoded way.

At the OICM, we do things differently. Recent studies and research show that patients recover faster, suffer fewer medical complications, and enjoy a better quality of life when two things happen:

  1. Surgery for the fracture takes place quickly—ideally within 24 hours
  2. Postsurgical patients get up and moving as soon as possible after surgery.

We have Hip Fracture Program patients who, with proper physical therapy, good nutrition, and regular exercise, return to their everyday lives at home and make a full recovery.

The Hip Fracture Program at the OICM

The OICM is the perfect facility for a best-practices hip fracture program. Everyone on the unit, housed at Central Maine Medical Center, is a specialist in orthopaedics. Each hip fracture patient is assigned a clinical team, including a surgeon, hospitalist (internal medicine physician), orthopaedic nurses, physical therapists and assistants, occupational therapists and assistants, orthotists, case managers, social workers, and any other necessary attendant staff.

What to expect as a hip fracture patient

Treatment will actually start with the EMTs who respond via ambulance to the 911 call. The patient will be stabilized and treated for any other readily apparent symptoms or problems.

Ask the ambulance to take you to Central Maine Medical Center. You will be admitted by the emergency medicine team.

You will be evaluated, given pain medications as needed, have any necessary tests, and given a professional diagnosis. From there, your care will be turned over to the specialists in the Hip Fracture Program.

We have created a brochure called Your Hip Fracture Guide. It contains complete information on the surgery and aftercare offered at the OICM. You can download this brochure as a pdf to read and/or print. If you prefer, you can send an email and we will mail you a paper copy.

If you have any questions about the Hip Fracture Program at the OICM, please call us.

A special message for first responders and care givers:

It’s likely you are familiar with the emergency care available at Central Maine Medical Center and the orthopaedic specialty services performed at the OICM. We also have the only Hip Fracture Program of its kind in Maine. We offer specialized orthopaedic protocols and surgeries – along with the full hospital services at CMMC, as needed. Patients receive comprehensive, effective care, not just for the hip fracture, but also for any underlying medical issues that need to be addressed for best outcomes.

If you are not familiar with the OICM or the Hip Fracture Program at the OICM—all housed under the CMMC roof – please get in touch with us. We work with a variety of emergency services at the municipal and county levels to educate for the very latest best-practices models for hip fractures. We also coordinate with assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and other seniors-oriented facilities and groups.