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Mortality rates among hip fracture patients halved: UK pilot study

A new pilot study coming out of the UK has found that one extra meal a day can cut the deaths of those who suffer hip fractures in half.

The Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s hip fracture quality improvement programme noted that patients were deficient in certain nutrients and found that an extra meal a day would have a positive impact on recovery.

The extra meal led to improved morale and provided the extra calories needed to recover. Strikingly, it saw the mortality rates among hip fracture patients drop from 11 per cent to 5.5 per cent.

In 2015–16 there were an estimated 18,746 new hip fractures in Australia: around 199 hip fractures per 100,000 population aged 45 and over.

The highest number of fractures occurs between the ages of 75 and 89. Within the first 30 days of a fracture, between 6 and 10 per cent of patients die, and of those who transition out of hospital most will never fully recover from a hip fracture.

In the UK, hip fractures are just as common, with 65,000 admitted to hospital in 2015 with a fracture. Nearly a third of those die within a year and a fifth do not return to their own homes.

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