February 17 2011
Waterloo Region patients are benefiting from strong access to surgery at Grand River Hospital to repair hip fractures.
Data from the Ministry of Health shows in the 2009-2010 fiscal year, 96.83 per cent of GRH patients received hip fracture surgery in less than two days. This rate was well above the provincial average of 86.44 per cent. Fast access to surgery to mend hip fractures is vital for better patient outcomes as well as re-gaining mobility and independence.
“As our population ages, early access to orthopaedic procedures such as hip fracture repair surgery is increasingly important” said Sue Robertson, vice-president of clinical services and chief nursing officer. “Grand River Hospital is one of the largest centres for orthopaedic surgery in our local health integration network, and we’re proud of the staff and physicians whose hard work has made this possible.”
Hip fractures are common in older adults due to falls, accidents and/or weaker bones. Elderly women experience 80 per cent of hip fractures as they lose bone density faster than men. Chronic conditions, certain medications, physical inactivity, nutrition problems and substances such as alcohol and tobacco can also contribute to bone loss and a higher risk of a hip fracture.
Several life-threatening complications can result from a hip fracture, especially if a patient cannot move for a lengthy period of time. Fast access to surgery is important to speed healing, minimize further risks to patients and improve mobility. Following surgery, patients typically remain in an acute hospital bed for five days, move to rehabilitation care and then transfer to home, a long-term care facility or a referring hospital as needed.
Grand River Hospital’s access to hip fracture surgery is the fourth best of the 54 Ontario hospitals reporting data for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. The hospital performs about 280 hip fracture procedures a year.
Grand River Hospital is the region’s largest acute care hospital, with a focus on 14 clinical programs and services.These include cancer care, childbirth, children’s services, complex continuing care, critical care, emergency, laboratory services, medical imaging, medicine,mental health and addictions, pharmacy, rehabilitation, renal/kidney care, and surgery.
For more information, please contact:Mark Karjaluoto, Director of Communications: (519) 749-4300 extension 2788