Approximately half of all patients who suffer a hip fracture have already sustained a previous fracture– a ‘signal’ fracture – before breaking their hip. About 15% of hip fractures happen in patients who have already broken one hip. Hip fractures consume scarce orthopaedic resources. Osteoporotic hip fractures consume more hospital bed days than stroke, diabetes or heart attack. Implementation of Health Quality Ontario’s Quality Standard: Hip Fracture Care for People With Fragility Fractures is integral, not only to reduce the risk of re-fractures for people experiencing a hip fracture, but also to improve post-fracture care and reduce hospital stay time and associated costs. As a provincial stakeholder on the Quality Standards Advisory Committee, the Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy strongly supports the improvement of hip fracture care in Ontario. The Osteoporosis Strategy’s goal is to reduce hip fractures by 20% by 2020- capturing that first fracture to reduce the risk of re-fracture. Please reach out to Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy’s Regional Integration Lead in your area to be part of your Quality Improvement team as you implement the Hip Fracture QBP.
Health care professionals across Ontario can use the evidence-based guidance, measurement tools and implementation supports in Health Quality Ontario’s new Hip Fracture Quality Standard to improve the quality of hip fracture care.