The ninth annual report from The National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) shows that while more patients are receiving early surgery and surviving a hip fracture, two in five patients are not receiving all of the recommended elements of a hip fracture programme that represent ‘best practice’. Some of the other key findings of the report include:
• Hospital stay increase by one day in English hospitals, equivalent to 160 inpatient beds across NHSe services.
• Over 85% of patients now receive appropriate surgery, but almost 4,000 eligible patients are not offered a Total Hip Replacement as recommended by NICE.
• Of 18,141 patients contacted, 9% remain completely immobile four months after their injury.