5. Hip Protectors
Hip protectors are a special type of pant or underwear with pads outside each side of the hips, especially designed to protect the hips during a fall.
What Are the Recommendations for Hip Protectors?
- For residents who are mobile and at high risk of fractures, we recommend hip protectors
- For residents who are not at high risk of fracture but are mobile, we suggest hip protectors depending on resources available and the residents’ values and preferences.
- Do hip protectors decrease the risk of hip fracture in institutional and community dwelling elderly? A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials [Sawka A et al.Osteoporos Int. 2005]
- The use of hip protectors in long-term care facilities: a survey of nursing home staff [Sawka AM et al. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2007]