The national hip fracture database national report 2010 – Royal College of Surgeons – 2 September 2010

Posted on September 7, 2010. Filed under: Orthopaedics | Tags: |

The national hip fracture database national report 2010 – Royal College of Surgeons – 2 September 2010

Biggest ever hip fracture audit shows improvements in care, but significant geographical variations

A report from the world’s largest and fastest-growing national hip fracture audit, published today (Thursday 2nd September) reveals that NHS hip fracture patients – often some of the most elderly and vulnerable patients in the NHS – are now getting far greater access to specialist care by geriatricians, as well as osteoporosis screening, assessment for the likelihood of future falls and bone protection drugs – which alone can reduce fracture incidence by up to 50%, potentially saving £millions to the NHS. However, the report also flags up significant variations in care quality provision between hospitals, with some patients not being assessed by appropriate doctors, having unacceptable delays before surgery, and missing out on osteoporosis care and falls prevention.”  … continues

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