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Pelvis fractures and hip protectors

Lauritzen, J.B. Pelvis fractures and hip protectors

It has been suggested that use of hip protectors may increase the rate of other fractures such as pelvic rami or femoral shaft fractures. Such concern has been considered when the hip protectors were introduced, but data have not shown a documented relationship, rather the opposite. The first clinical studies in nursing homes documented a reduced rate of hip fractures with use of hip protectors, and data concerning rates of pelvic rami fractures of femoral shafts fractures did not increase in rates and a tendency for a lower rate was found, although non-statistically significant.

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