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Lessons learnt from a decade of the Irish Hip Fracture Database

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posted on 2022-02-01, 12:18 authored by Helena Ferris, Louise BrentLouise Brent, Conor Hurson, Emer Ahern
Over the last decade the Irish Hip Fracture Database (IHFD)has emerged as a central independent driving force for better patient care in Ireland. Since its inception, it has collected data on >25,000 hip fracture patients and measured care against explicit national standards. The IHFD has been instrumental in developing an Orthogeriatric service in Ireland and is a key partner in there configuration of trauma services in Ireland. Tangible benefits have been seen since the establishment of the IHFD with more patients operated on in a timely manner, assessed by a Geriatrician and mobilised early post operatively. Moving forward, the IHFD will develop care bundles to streamline the patient journey from pre-hospital to rehabilitation, with more community integration and early supported discharge. As Ireland’s trauma system continues to evolve, the IHFD is in prime position to monitor the impact of the reconfiguration of services on patient care, governance and outcomes.



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Published Citation

Ferris H, Brent L, Hurson C, Ahern E. Lessons learnt from a decade of the Irish hip fracture database. Gerontology. 2022 :1-3

Publication Date

3 January 2022

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  • Accepted Version (Postprint)