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Hip fracture care 'improving'

Care is improving for hip fracture patients, a national report has revealed. 

Just 3.5% of patients are reported to develop pressure ulcers and 86% of patients receive surgery within 48 hours. 

Before leaving hospital 94% of patients receive a falls assessment, according to a report released by the British Orthopaedic Association, the British Geriatrics Society and the Royal College of Physicians. 

However, the length of time that a patient spends in hospital recovering from a hip operation varies widely across the UK. 

The National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) national report 2013 shows that on average patients were hospitalized for 33 days in Northern Ireland, 35 days in Wales and 22 days in England. 

Dr Kevin Stewart, clinical director of the Clinical Effectiveness and Evaluation Unit at the RCP said the results are “very encouraging”. 

He said: “Since hip fracture mainly affects frail older patients, it is especially important that we get it right in this vulnerable population. 

“These results have been achieved despite the recent well-publicised pressure on emergency departments.” 

Martyn Porter, president of the British Orthopaedic Association said: “We have seen improvements year-on-year because surgeons, doctors, nurses and therapists have all worked together, as a team, to enhance care of these patients. 

“Rather than focus on a single target, the NHFD has tried to improve the whole pathway from hospital admission to ward care and surgery and then to rehabilitation and a quicker return home.”