Brian Galinat, M.D., chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, has been appointed to the Own the Bone Committee of the American Orthopaedic Association. He is the only community-hospital-based physician serving on the committee, which includes clinical and scientific researchers from top academic research centers throughout the United States.
The American Orthopaedic Association’s Own the Bone program establishes and recommends care plans for treating osteoporosis following fragile bone fractures. It helps hospitals, medical centers and physician practices establish fracture liaison services that identify, evaluate and treat fragility fracture patients age 50 and older who are at risk of osteoporosis. The fracture liaison service coordinates individual patient care among different specialties and physicians.
Christiana Care established its first fracture liaison service — the Hip FIT (fracture intervention team) — in 2012, and through a multidisciplinary Bone Health Advisory Committee is now planning the creation and implementation of other fracture intervention teams.
Christiana Care also participates in a national registry of fragile bone incidents and treatment — the Own the Bone registry – that provides data to help teach primary care physicians and specialists about the risks of fragile bone fractures, and ways to treat them post-accident.