University Hospital of Gran Canaria Dr. Negrín in Las Palmas awarded Gold star status by Capture The Fracture

The Fragility Fracture Prevention Unit of Dr. Negrín Hospital in Gran Canaria has treated more than 1,700 patients since its creation, and has now been awarded an outstanding score of 93% by Capture the Fracture.

The Fragility Fracture Prevention Unit of the University Hospital of Gran Canaria Dr. Negrín (Spain) has treated 1,750 patients since its creation in March 2012. Recently this exemplary Fracture Liaison Service (FLS) has been awarded Gold Star status by Capture the Fracture® (CTF), with an outstanding score of 93% based on the CTF Best Practice Framework. The service is one of 57 FLS awarded Gold Star status by CTF among the 256 FLS in 38 countries around the world within the programme.

About the FLS

Coordinated by the Rheumatology Dept. with the collaboration of Traumatology, Primary Care, Rehabilitation, Geriatrics, Clinical Analysis and Radiodiagnosis, the Fracture Prevention Unit of the Dr Negrín Hospital follows patients who are likely to suffer a second fracture. 

The Fracture Liaison Service (FLS) includes a team of six:
• Coordinators: Dr. Antonio Naranjo, Rheumatologist and Professor of Medicine, Universidad de Las Palmas (Champion) and Dr. Soledad Ojeda, Rheumatologist
• Nurse Rheumatology: Amparo Molina
• X-Ray Technician: Fabiola Santana
• Secretary: Carmen Alonso
• Granted Nutritionist: Aída Saavedra

The Chief of the Rheumatology Department is Dr Carlos Rodríguez Lozano.

The FLS collaborates with 21 primary care centres (255 primary care doctors) as well as with rheumatology, orthopedic and geriatric specialists. In 2016 and 2017 they joined the FLS with the services of Rehabilitation, Radiodiagnostic and Clinical analyses. Its main objective is the prevention of new fractures. Eighty per cent of people treated in the Unit are women, who have suffered mostly a fracture in the forearm or hip, and with an average age of 74 years. At the first visit, patients undergo clinical, analytical and densitometry evaluation. Patients are also provided with educational counselling in terms of healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and physical exercise, since these are also important in the prevention of future fractures.

An exemplary FLS within Spain

Five years after its implementation there have been very positive results, including the primary goal: a sustained increase in patients’ adherence to medication that has been prescribed to prevent fractures.

Dr. Negrín Hospital’s FLS is a reference in Spain for the Osteoporosis Society SEIOMM, both for being the first established in Spain with this model and for the results obtained. The Unit hosts stays of other Spanish doctors who aim to implement a unit with similar characteristics in their own hospitals.

About Capture the Fracture®

Capture the Fracture® (CTF) is a multi-stakeholder initiative led by the International Osteoporosis Foundation. The initiative hopes to drive changes at local and international levels, so that secondary fracture prevention becomes a reality. Its aim is to set global best practices for Fracture Liaison Services (FLS), while serving as a benchmark tool to which clinics and hospitals can adhere and aspire to, and receive international recognition. The CTF programme has a diverse set of tools that provides essential resources and documentation to drive quality improvement in FLS; CTF also offers mentorship programmes that support development of FLS at the local level. Currently the CTF network includes more than 263 FLS in 38 countries. #CaptureTheFracture