Dementia test for fracture patients

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Doctors are checking elderly patients who break their wrists for early signs of dementia to try to prevent them going on to fracture their hips.

A team at Southampton General Hospital is separating patients over 70 who fracture bones in a fall but do not require hospital admission from other patients in the emergency department.

They are then seen directly by a team of orthopaedic, osteoporosis and elderly care specialists to see if dementia could be a problem as 40% of all hip fractures in the UK happen to those with the condition.

As well as treatment for broken wrists, arms and shoulders, patients are given a basic physical and mental assessment to find out why they are falling to minimise their future risk and prevent the more serious fractures of the hips or spine.

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