Earlier treatment for patients with hip fractures

Streamlining of processes at KTPH and Yishun Community Hospital cuts waiting time for patients

Dr Su Su, a consultant in geriatric medicine at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, with her patient, retired pianist and saxophone player Cheung Tat On, who underwent hip-fracture surgery last June. Mr Cheung said his treatment, from his arrival at the hospita
Dr Su Su, a consultant in geriatric medicine at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, with her patient, retired pianist and saxophone player Cheung Tat On, who underwent hip-fracture surgery last June. Mr Cheung said his treatment, from his arrival at the hospital to surgery, was very fast. He was back on his feet 10 days after the operation.ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA

Singapore has the highest rate of hip fractures in Asia, but two hospitals here are making sure that patients who suffer from them are being treated earlier.

Since streamlining processes in 2017, the number of patients admitted to a ward within four hours of their arrival at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital's (KTPH) emergency department has jumped threefold, while the waiting time for those transferred to the adjoining Yishun Community Hospital (YCH) has been cut by a third.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 07, 2019, with the headline 'Earlier treatment for patients with hip fractures'. Subscribe