A hip fracture is a break occurring at the top of the thigh bone (femur), near the pelvis. An estimated 19 000 people in Australia over the age of 50 were hospitalised due to a hip fracture in 2011-12. As the Australian population continues to age, the number, and associated burden, of people admitted to hospital with a hip fracture is expected to increase annually.
Not all patients with a hip fracture receive best practice care. Time to surgery, pain management and minimising the risk of another fracture are all areas that can be improved. Areas where there are variation in care can be improved if care is timely, coordinated, patient-centred and considers the ongoing needs of each patient.
The Hip Fracture Care Clinical Care Standard and accompanying resources were launched in September 2016, you can watch videos from the launch of the Hip Fracture Care Clinical Care Standard.
This resource provides guidance to consumers, clinicians and health services on delivering appropriate care to people with a hip fracture.
This resource provides a set of suggested indicators to assist with local implementation of the Hip Fracture Care Clinical Care Standard. Clinicians and health services can use the indicators to monitor implementation of the quality statements, and support improvements as needed.
The indicator specification is available from METeOR
These resources can be used to promote and explain what the Hip Fracture Care Clinical Care Standard means to health services, clinicians, patients and their carers.
Why do we need a Hip Fracture Care Clinical Care Standard? These resources for clinicians and health services explain what each quality statement means, why it matters, and how use of the clinical care standard could improve patient outcomes:
The Hip Fracture Care Clinical Care Standard complements several other national initiatives to improve the care of patients with a hip fracture: