Hip fracture following surgery
Hip fracture is a broken or damaged hip. They are common among elderly people, and they are a common cause of functional decline and ill health, which can increase risk of death. When they occur after a surgery during a patient’s hospital stay, they may be considered postoperative hip fractures.
Complications of hip fracture can lead to a relatively high mortality rate, and evidence suggests that some of these complications are preventable. While some patients have higher risks than others, some of these complications may be preventable. A lower rate may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.
About this measure
This measure tracks the number of adult surgery patients who suffered a hip fracture in the hospital out of every 1000 adults who had a wide variety of common surgical procedures.
In this case, a lower number is better.