Volume 6, 2020
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Published online||04 December 2020|
Fractured Neck of Femur Management at a District General Hospital: Adherence to NICE guidelines CG124 for total hip replacement
Senior Clinical Fellow, Trauma and Orthopaedics, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, Haslingden Road, BB2 3HH Blackburn, Lancashire, United Kingdom
2 Consultant, Trauma and Orthopaedics, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital, Nethermayne, SS16 5NL Basildon, Essex, United Kingdom
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 14 November 2020
Introduction: The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in 2011 declared standards in the management of fracture neck of femur (NOF) patients suggesting a total hip replacement (THR) if necessary criteria were met. The Best Practice Tariff (BPT) states all NOF fracture patients should be operated on within 36 h of presentation to Accident & Emergency. We conducted this retrospective study for the years 2016–2018 to evaluate the adherence to these guidelines by Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital and compared the results with national standards. Methods: Data for the period from 2016 to 2018 was collected from the National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) retrospectively. The data was analysed to calculate various procedures performed for fracture NOF fixations, the number of THR’s for displaced intracapsular fracture NOF, and percentage of patients operated within 36 h and evaluated reasons for the delay. Results: Over the 3 years, the number of THR eligible displaced intracapsular neck of femur fracture patients that underwent THR was above the national average. Across all 3 years, the number of patients who underwent surgery within 36 h was less than the national average. Administrative/logistic reasons for the delay were the major cause for delayed surgery in all 3 years. Conclusion: Compliance with the NICE guidelines and achievement of national standards in NOF fracture care is achievable by most district general hospitals. Awareness and implementation of NICE guidelines for THRs need to be enhanced. A sustained, continual team effort and strict vigilance are necessary to prevent delayed surgery.
Key words: Hip fracture / Arthroplasty / NICE
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2020
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