Introduction: In 2014, we implemented a geriatric hip fracture patient care pathway at our institution which was designed to improve outcomes and decrease time to surgery. Materials and Methods: We analyzed retrospective data from 463 patients, aged greater than 50, who had surgical treatment for a closed hip fracture due to a low-energy injury between 2013 and 2016 at an academic institution. Objective outcome measures included time to surgery, mortality rate, and total hospital length of stay. Our primary goal was to decrease the time to surgery for definitive fracture fixation to within 24 hours of admission to the hospital for patients who were medically fit for surgery. Results: We implemented a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to address the needs of this specific patient population. Prior to implementing the pathway in 2013, our baseline time to surgery within 24 hours was 74.67%. After implementation, we had incremental yearly increases in the percentage of patients operated on within 24 hours, 82.31% in 2014 (P =.10) and 84.14% in 2015 (P =.04). During the study period, our overall time to surgery was reduced by 27% with an initial average of 20.22 hours in 2013, decreasing to 15.33 hours in 2014, and 14.63 hours in 2015. Our mortality rate at 1 year was 16% in 2013, 17% in 2014, and 15% in 2015. Conclusion: With implementation of the pathway, we were able to expedite surgical care for our patients and demonstrate a 10% improvement in the percentage of patients able to have surgery within 24 hours over a 3-year period. Our mortality and hospital length of stay, however, remained the same. Through this collaborative process and system standardization, we believe we have significantly improved not only direct patient care but their overall hospital experience. We continue to make improvements in our pathway.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
- Geriatrics and Gerontology