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Hip fracture after falling in hospital

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.  Patient falls in the hospital can occur if the patient attempts to get out of bed (for instance, to go to the bathroom) and is dizzy, weak or confused.

Falls can cause significant injury and require additional treatment. While not all patient falls are preventable, every hospital seeks to reduce or eliminate the risk of patient falls. 

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 patients who fell in the hospital and suffered a hip fracture out of every 1000 patients in the hospital.  Patients with a medical history that makes them susceptible to falling are excluded.

The source of data for NMH is Vizient.  The source of benchmark data is the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

In this case, a lower number is better.