FIGURES published by the Government’s National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) show that the Trauma and Orthopaedic Department at St. Mary’s has demonstrated a significant improvement in the services provided to elderly patients admitted with hip fractures, since the NHFD was introduced in October 2009.
Over 260 elderly patients a year are admitted to St. Mary’s for hip fracture operations and over the last two years, continuing improvement to standards have been well within the national guidelines, with significant improvements made in the length of inpatient stay and time to theatre.
The average length of inpatient stay for 2010-2011 was 11.41 days. In the year to April 2012 this was reduced to 9.05 days, however in the last eight months the average has been 8.6 days, compared to the national average of 10.1 days.
Time to theatre has also been reduced from 37.25 hours in 2010-2011 (national average 37.6) to 29.43 hours in 2011-2012 (national average 34.25).
John Scadden, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, said: “These improvements to patient care are very significant and reflect the high quality of care provided by staff in Orthopaedics and Geriatrics. The excellent management and co-ordination between Ward Senior Staff and the Continuing Care Team allows the introduction of Early Discharge Planning which is put into place on day one of admission and has a real impact on patient care.”
In April, Haroun Mahomed, Locum Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, was asked to make a presentation at the Regional Meeting of the NHFD on how the NHS Isle of Wight was doing so well and sharing best practice.
The National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) was set up by the Government in October 2009 with the aim of providing an ongoing audit of hip fracture statistics and comparisons to regional and national standards. The NHFD identifies a number of criteria that need to be met in order to improve the services provided.