Tip of the Week
A study of hip fractures among those 65 or older in the The Journal of the American Medical Association determined that of the 300,000 Americans in this age group who fracture a hip each year, as many as three out of ten will die within a year. The study also found that many more of these victims will experience significant functional loss. Just how bad is the disability for survivors? Two thirds wont be able to use the toilet unassisted. Half wont be able to rise from a chair. Anything that can help this at-risk group is welcome. One possible technology that can help are airbags like those used in automobiles.
One pioneer in preventing hip fractures is Dr. Robert Buckman, MD. A former trauma surgeon, he started Active Protective to help design wearable safety devices that could prevent fractures. That led to a partnership with Key Safety Systems. You may have heard of KSS. This leader in the field of automotive airbags made headlines when it acquired Takata after its disastrous bankruptcy. KKS has recently been renamed Joyson Safety Systems. Another company with a similar product is Europes Helite. It has a product on sale now for ...