Silver and bronze recognition for two FLS in Latin America

Several members of the fracture program group at Hospital San José. From left to right: Amina Luz Ely (nurse educator), Alejandra Rivera (endocrinologist) Adriana Medina (coordinating endocrinologist), Rodolfo Paez (Orthopedist), Alexandra Cristancho (Orthopedist)
Instituto Nacional de Rehabilitación "Luis Guillermo Ibarra Ibarra", Mexico
Fracture Liaison Services in Colombia and Mexico receive silver and bronze recognition on the Capture the Fracture Map of Best Practices.

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The following Fracture Liaison Services (FLS) from Latin America have been recognized on the Capture the Fracture® Global Map of Best Practice for their achievements.  Congratulations!

  • The San José University Hospital in Bogota, Colombia was recognized with a silver medal. The hospital receives 500,000 patients a year and the FLS began in June 2014. It identifies and evaluates patients with hip fractures, inpatients and outpatients, and patients with vertebral fractures for secondary fracture prevention. In total, the FLS has evaluated more than 320 patients and 100% have received DXA in the past year.
  • The National Institute of Rehabilitation "Luis Guillermo Ibarra Ibarra" in Mexico City, Mexico received a bronze medal. The center is a public hospital dependent on the government which initiated its FLS in July 2018. It identifies and evaluates patients with hip fractures for secondary prevention. All patients who arrive at the institution with a hip fracture are identified, and the FLS offers robust rehabilitation programmes. 

As of today, there are 40 FLS in Latin America from 5 countries, including: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago. The greatest growth has been seen, precisely, in Mexico with 11 centers and in Colombia with 9 centers.

About Capture the Fracture recognition

The Capture The Fracture initiative recognizes all Fracture Liaison Services (FLS) that have completed the Best Practice Framework (BPF) questionnaire in accordance with the BPF guideline, by showcasing them on the interactive Map of Best Practices.

The Best Practice Framework is an internationally recognized, peer-reviewed clinical guideline for the secondary prevention of osteoporotic fractures. It promotes the implementation of a Fracture Liaison Service  (FLS), a care model based on a coordinator, as the best system of care for  all hospitals and ambulatory structures that manage patients with fragility fractures. The FLS pursues two key objectives: to provide guidance to institutions that implement an FLS and serve as a benchmarking tool for those FLS already established that seek to improve care.

The Capture the Fracture Steering Committee assesses the FLS, evaluating it from both clinical and administrative  perspectives. The assessment is determined by achievement against the BPF standards for four key groups of patients with fragility fractures (hip fractures,  other in-patient fractures, outpatient fractures and vertebral fractures)) and organizational characteristics. The FLS receives one of the four classifications in each category: gold, silver, bronze or black (no information). The sum of these ratings is calculated to determine the overall score of the FLS: gold, silver or bronze.

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