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Hip Fracture Outcomes

Length of Stay

The number of days a patient stays in the hospital after hip fracture is one way to compare the quality of care at one hospital to others. A shorter hospital stay means you get back to your normal routine sooner and you’re less at risk for other problems associated with being in the hospital. The International Geriatric Fracture Society (IGFS) tracks the average length of stay or time in the hospital after hip fracture at UVA and other hospitals in the United States.

 

 A lower number is better.

Measure includes patients 65 years and older.

Education about Osteoporosis

One way to prevent more broken bones after a hip fracture is for caregivers to educate patients about osteoporosis, a condition in which bone mass decreases, putting a person at risk for fractures. With education, there are changes a person can make, such as eating foods rich in certain vitamins and minerals or wearing rubber-soled shoes, to prevent more fractures. The IGFS tracks the percentage of patients educated by caregivers about osteoporosis after hip fracture at UVA and other hospitals in the United States. 

A higher number is better.

Measure includes patients 65 years and older. 

Comanagement by Medicine or Geriatrics

Many patients age 65 years and older with hip fractures also have other medical problems. Research shows these patients are less likely to return to the hospital and have fewer problems after going home if both an orthopedic doctor and a general medicine doctor or geriatrician manage the patients’ care while they are in the hospital. This is called “comanagement” and it allows multiple specialists to work together and provide the best care for all of a patient’s medical problems. The IGFS tracks the percentage of patients comanaged by orthopedics and medicine or geriatrics after hip fracture at UVA and other hospitals in the United States. 

A higher number is better. 

Measure includes patients 65 years and older.

 

 

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