Fragility hip fractures occur in the older than 65-year population at an alarming rate. It is estimated that 260,000 hip fractures occur annually. Patient outcomes following hip fractures are devastating. One of every 5 patients dies within 1 year of injury, and 1 of 3 remains in a nursing home for years after the injury. Published literature recommends an interdisciplinary approach to caring for hip-fractured patients and expediting surgery to improve outcomes.
The purpose of this study was to retrospectively evaluate the impact of the Geriatric Trauma Institute (GTI) on fragility hip fracture patient outcomes. Specific outcomes included length of stay (LOS), length of time from emergency department (ED) arrival to operating room (OR), complication rate, and discharge destination.
This study is a single-center pre- and post-retrospective chart review. Data were collected using database queries within the hospital system. Pre-GTI (n = 326) patients older than 65 years with International Classification of Disease, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes 820.0–820.9 (hip fractures) admitted to either a primary care physician or orthopaedic surgeon service between April 1, 2011, and April 1, 2013, were compared with post-GTI (n = 245) patients older than 65 years with ICD-9 codes 820.0–820.9 (hip fractures) admitted to trauma services (GTI) between May 1, 2013, and May 1, 2015. Descriptive statistics including demographic data (age, sex) and comparison of outcomes (LOS, ED to OR time, complications, and disposition) across the groups using standard analysis of variance (ANOVA) and correlation techniques.
No statistical difference was found between groups for age, sex, or time from ED to OR pre- versus post-time period using one-way ANOVA, F(1,569) = 1.08, p = .30. The complication rate was calculated pre- and post-GTI and compared using the 2-proportion z-test. The difference between the pre-GTI group (16.6%; 54 of 326 patients) and the post-GTI group (9.4%; 23 of 245 patients) was statistically significant, p = .013. Mean LOS was statistically significantly higher in the pre-GTI group (M = 5) than in the post-GTI group (M = 5.2), U = 33,55, z = −3.32, p = .001. No statistical significance was found between pre- and postdischarge destination, χ2(4) = .4.82, p = .307; likelihood ratio test, χ2(4) = .5.19, p = .269.
This retrospective pre- and post-GTI chart review demonstrates the effectiveness of a multidisciplinary team approach in decreasing complications and LOS for fragility hip-fractured patients. A team approach to the care of these patients improves outcomes and quality of life.
Elizabeth D. Katrancha, DNP, CCNS, RN, CNE, CSN, Assistant Professor, Nursing, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Johnstown, PA.
Jami Zipf, BSN, RN, Trauma Program Manager, Conemaugh Health System, Johnstown, PA.
Nancy Abrahams, BSN, RN, Trauma Case Manager, Conemaugh Health System, Johnstown, PA.
Richard Schroeder, MD, FAAOS, Orthopedic Surgeon, Western Pennsylvania Orthopedic and Sports Medicine, Johnstown, PA.
The authors declare no conflict of interest.