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Minimum Standards for the Management of Hip Fractures: The Standards

Standard 1

Standard 1: Orthogeriatric clinical management of each patient

  • Orthogeriatric clinical management is a collaborative approach to care provided by orthopaedic and geriatric services for the care of older patients with orthopaedic disorders
  • All older hip-fracture patients should be managed in a collaborative model of care by an orthopaedic surgeon and geriatrician from the time of admission.


Standard 2

Standard 2: Optimal pain management

  • Effective pain management is a primary goal for patients with a hip fracture
  • Providing a combination of two or more analgesic medications with differing mechanisms is considered best practice in older frail patients who may not tolerate opioids.



Standard 3

Standard 3: Surgery within 48 hours and in daytime hours (regardless of inter-hospital transfers)

  • Patients should be optimised for and undergo surgery no more than 48 hours after admission
  • Surgery should be conducted within standard daytime working hours, where possible.



Standard 4

Standard 4: Surgery is not cancelled

  • Once a planned date has been identified for repair of a hip fracture, surgery should not be cancelled, unless there are exceptional circumstances.


Standard 5

Standard 5: Commencement of mobilisation within 24 hours of surgery

  • Unless medically or surgically contraindicated, patients should be encouraged and supported to sit out of bed and begin mobilising within 24 hours of surgery.


Standard 6

Standard 6: Refracture prevention

  • All hip fracture patients should be assessed for future fracture risk and be offered treatment for osteoporosis if clinically appropriate. 


Standard 7

Standard 7: Local ownership of data systems/processes to drive improvements in care

  • IT systems and a minimum dataset should be developed to facilitate standardised collection and analysis of data.