Samantha Pabich, MD; Neil Binkley, MD
Introduction: Hip fracture affects >300,000 Americans each year, and the mortality rate following these fractures is high.
Methods: Authors searched the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Wide-Ranging Online Database for Epidemiologic Research (WONDER) for incidences of hip fracture as a contributing cause of death and stratified by sex, age, race, ethnicity, state, month of death, and underlying cause of death across the United States and Wisconsin.
Results: Wisconsin has the third-highest age-adjusted death rate for hip fracture in the United States. Those who die from hip fracture are most likely to do so in a nursing home. Hip fracture deaths occur more frequently between October and March and often are associated with respiratory illness.
Conclusion: Hip fracture is a major contributing cause of death. Wisconsin residents are particularly affected by this risk.