What is a hip fracture?
The hip is a ball and socket joint where the pelvis and thigh bone (femur) meet. A hip fracture is when the thigh bone breaks near where the ball fits into the joint. Most hip fractures are caused by a fall. As people get older, they tend to lose muscle strength, balance and bone health (bones become thinner). This means that as you get older, you are more likely to fall and even a fall from a standing height can break a bone.
What the standard means for you
The Hip Fracture Clinical Care Standard contains seven quality statements describing the care that you should be offered if you have a hip fracture. Find out what the Standard says and what it means for you in the statements below. You can use this information to help you and your support people make informed decisions in partnership with your treating team.