New standard to improve hip fracture care

Patients with hip fracture should be operated on within 48 hours of arriving at hospital and start moving around the day after surgery, according to a new care standard paper released today.

The Hip Fracture Care Clinical Care Standard also recommends that patients be offered a falls and bone health assessment and a tailored care plan to reduce the risk of another fracture.

This plan should identify any changes in medication, any new medicines, and equipment and contact details for rehabilitation services. It should describe mobilisation activities, wound care and function post