Aging is a contact sport is a must-view animation video showing how to increase compliance with the use of hip protectors. It was funded by a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and commissioned by Fraser Health Authority, Vancouver Island Health Authority and the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit following on from a systematic review of Barriers and Facilitators to Hip Protector Compliance in Long-Term Care Facilities.
The review highlights the effectiveness hip protectors can have when worn by elderly residents in long-term care facilities at the time of a fall, as well as the perceived barriers. It gives key recommendations to improve acceptance and adherence with the use of hip protectors.
- Education for staff on the benefits of hip protectors and their correct use
- Organisational commitment at all levels
- Identification of a champion or leader to motivate, mentor, and monitor
- Involvement of everyone responsible for resident safety
- Engagement with, and education for, residents and families
- Choice of hip protector models with proven efficacy
- Protocols for ensuring adequate supply, variety of models, correct fit, and laundering.