Gateshead Scores Highly for Care of Hip Fracture Patients

Posted on Mon, 25/02/2019

Improvements in care for hip fracture patients in Gateshead are helping to save lives.

The latest National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) annual report from the Royal College of Physicians found that Gateshead had improved its overall performance - scoring as high as 100% in a number of national benchmarks.

Hip fracture is the commonest reason for older people to need emergency anaesthesia and surgery and the commonest cause of accidental death. Patients may remain in hospital for a number of weeks and at any one time, patients recovering from hip fracture occupy over 3,600 hospital beds in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The report found that in the Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust:

•          Fewer patients die within 30 days of developing a hip fracture compared to the national average.

•          Reoperation rate for hip fracture patients has reduced by more than half in the last two years.

•          Incidents of pressure sores have reduced.

•          The overall and acute hospital length of stay for hip fracture patients has improved.

Over the last two years, the Trust’s Hip Fracture Working Group, which combines the expertise of nursing, physiotherapy and medical staff, has undertaken a wide range of initiatives to improve patient care.

Kiran Singisetti, consultant orthopaedic surgeon, Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The Hip Fracture Working Group would agree that these improvements were only possible thanks to the great team effort from the nursing, physiotherapy and medical staff along with support from management and I would like to thank everyone for their hard work.

“Whilst everyone involved should be proud of the achievements we must also be mindful that continued focus on hip fracture patient care is key to maintaining these improvements.”

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