What measurement means for hip fracture surgery

A broken, or fractured, hip is a serious injury. Hip fractures are more common in the elderly and may be caused by falls or weak bones (osteoporosis). Treatment usually requires surgery.

Recovery can require patients to stay in bed for long periods of time. During this time, a patient’s existing medical conditions (such as heart and vascular issues) can worsen, leading to a higher risk of death following surgery.

Although hip fracture surgery is relatively safe, people having this procedure are at risk for complications, including:

  • Blood clots deep in the veins of the legs (deep vein thrombosis)
  • Infection of the hip or urinary tract
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Death
How to understand Mortality Ratings

A high mortality rate may not be due to medical errors. Some hospitals may experience a greater number of deaths because they see more sick patients. Our mortality rate information is shown as a comparison between a hospital’s actual mortality rate and the rate expected for that hospital. A rate that is the “Same” or “Better” than expected can be a sign of high-quality care.