The Information Services Division recently published the 2019 annual national report for the Scottish Hip Fracture Audit. The report highlights the quality of care provided to patients with hip fractures across acute hospitals during 2018.
Patients with hip fractures are more likely to be elderly, frail and at risk for complications from surgery and/or the injury, thus increasing the mortality rate, admissions to care homes and the length of hospital stay.
Key findings from the audit for 2018 include the following:
- In 2018, 7146 hospital admissions were for hip fracture in Scotland.
- The standard of transferring the patient to an orthopaedic ward within four hours was achieved for 86 per cent of hip fracture admissions to the emergency department.
- Fifty-seven per cent of patients were in theatre within 24 hours of hospital admission compared with 55 per cent in 2017.
- Ninety-four per cent of patients were seen by a physiotherapist within two days of surgery compared with 91 per cent in 2017.
- The length of hospital stay reduced from 22 days in 2012 to 17 days in 2018.
- Sixty per cent of patients with a hip fracture could successfully return to their home or care home within 30 days of admission. This figure was comparable to that of the previous year.