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Sixth Irish Hip Fracture Database National Report Released

The National Office of Clinical Audit (NOCA) released the sixth Irish Hip Fracture Database (IHFD) National Report. The IHFD is a clinically led, web-based audit which measures the care for all people over the age of 60 admitted to hospital with hip fractures, across the sixteen operating hospitals in Ireland. The audit has gathered data on almost 18,000 hip fracture cases in Ireland since 2012. The report found more than a quarter of patients who fracture their hip have to wait over two days for surgery (Irish Times). Most patients (83%) with hip fracture are not admitted to an acute orthopaedic ward within four hours of presentation or brought directly to the theatre from the emergency department (ED) within four hours, as per best practice (Irish Examiner).

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