Hip fracture care

A hip fracture is a break occurring at the top of the thigh bone (femur), near the pelvis. It is a significant injury in an older person and is associated with significant morbidity, loss of function and mortality. Sub-optimal management can result in avoidable complications, prolonged hospitalisation and poorer patient outcomes.

The aims of the initiatives are to:

  • reduce unwarranted clinical variation
  • improve patient assessment, management and experience
  • ensure effective and efficient care.

Snapshot of hip fracture in NSW

In 2016-17...

37 public hospitals had
25 or more hip fracture
care episodes


Hip Fracture Care Clinical Care Standard 2016

Standards outlining the delivery of appropriate hip fracture care, produced by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.

View standards

For clinicians and services

What to improve

Read about the four clinical priority areas for hip fracture care:

  1. timely assessment and treatment of pain
  2. surgery within 48-hours of arriving at hospital (if appropriate)
  3. coordinated orthopaedic and geriatric services
  4. patients getting back on their feet within a day if possible

How to improve

Explore options for different organisational models to tailor clinical services for your local requirements:

  • structured orthogeriatric service
  • coordinated care applying orthogeriatric principles

Additional resources

Resources for clinicians and their patients

Contact the hip fracture care team

Email the team at ACI-LBVC-HipFractureCare@health.nsw.gov.au

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