Basic Summary for Fractures


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Main name of condition: Fractures
Other names or spellings: Broken bone, Bone fractures


What is Fractures?
  Brief description of Fractures: Fracture of a bone; also "broken bone".
  Parent types of Fractures: Bone conditions, Physical conditions, Non-genetic diseases, Non-Contagious Diseases
  Organs Affected by Fractures: bone
  Types of Fractures: Subtype by type of fracture:, Simple fracture, Compound fracture, Greenstick fracture, Stress fracture, Pathological fracture, Complicated fracture, Depressed fracture, Comminuted fracture, Subtype by location of fracture:, Skull fracture, Face bone fracture, Rib fracture, Pelvis fracture, Shoulder fracture, Arm fracture, Hip fracture, Hand fracture, Fractured Femur, Ankle fracture, Lower leg fracture, Foot fracture, Facial fracture
How many people get Fractures?
  Incidence (annual) of Fractures: 1.5 million osteoporosis-related fractures
  Incidence Rate of Fractures: approx 1 in 181 or 0.55% or 1.5 million people in USA [about data]
How serious is Fractures?
  Deaths for Fractures: 4.3 per 100,000 with 1,302 cases in Canada 19971
  Complications of Fractures: see complications of Fractures
What causes Fractures?
  Causes of Fractures: see causes of Fractures
  Risk factors for Fractures: see risk factors for Fractures
What are the symptoms of Fractures?
  Symptoms of Fractures: see symptoms of Fractures
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Fractures: see treatments for Fractures
Society issues for Fractures
  Hospitalization statistics for Fractures: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Fractures:
  • 0.073% (9,328) of hospital consultant episodes were for fracture of rib, sternum and thoracic spine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 82% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of rib, sternum and thoracic spine required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 58% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of rib, sternum and thoracic spine were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 42% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of rib, sternum and thoracic spine were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 94% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of rib, sternum and thoracic spine required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 10.8 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for fracture of rib, sternum and thoracic spine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 5 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for fracture of rib, sternum and thoracic spine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 57 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for fracture of rib, sternum and thoracic spine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 48% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of rib, sternum and thoracic spine occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 31% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of rib, sternum and thoracic spine occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of rib, sternum and thoracic spine were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.15% (78,594) of hospital bed days were for fracture of rib, sternum and thoracic spine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.227% (28,948) of hospital consultant episodes were for fracture of skull and facial bones in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 95% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of skull and facial bones required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 79% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of skull and facial bones were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 21% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of skull and facial bones were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 51% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of skull and facial bones required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 3.1 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for fracture of skull and facial bones in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for fracture of skull and facial bones in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 29 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for fracture of skull and facial bones in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 78% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of skull and facial bones occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 4% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of skull and facial bones occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 28% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of skull and facial bones were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.11% (57,668) of hospital bed days were for fracture of skull and facial bones in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.13% (16,152) of hospital consultant episodes were for fracture of lumbar spine and pelvis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 78% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of lumbar spine and pelvis required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 34% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of lumbar spine and pelvis were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 66% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of lumbar spine and pelvis were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 87% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of lumbar spine and pelvis required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 19.6 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for fracture of lumbar spine and pelvis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 12 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for fracture of lumbar spine and pelvis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 66 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for fracture of lumbar spine and pelvis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 29% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of lumbar spine and pelvis occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 57% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of lumbar spine and pelvis occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of lumbar spine and pelvis were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.45% (235,979) of hospital bed days were for fracture of lumbar spine and pelvis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.44% (56,353) of hospital consultant episodes were for fracture of forearm in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 94% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of forearm required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 50% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of forearm were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 50% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of forearm were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 91% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of forearm required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 3.8 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for fracture of forearm in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for fracture of forearm in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 35 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for fracture of forearm in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 31% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of forearm occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 16% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of forearm occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of forearm were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.364% (191,023) of hospital bed days were for fracture of forearm in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.186% (23,721) of hospital consultant episodes were for fracture of shoulder and upper arm in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 85% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of shoulder and upper arm required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 44% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of shoulder and upper arm were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 56% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of shoulder and upper arm were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 88% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of shoulder and upper arm required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 9.6 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for fracture of shoulder and upper arm in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 3 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for fracture of shoulder and upper arm in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 47 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for fracture of shoulder and upper arm in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 27% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of shoulder and upper arm occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 34% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of shoulder and upper arm occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of shoulder and upper arm were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.359% (188,000) of hospital bed days were for fracture of shoulder and upper arm in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.392% (50,061) of hospital consultant episodes were for fracture of lower leg including ankle in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 90% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of lower leg including ankle required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 53% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of lower leg including ankle were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 47% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of lower leg including ankle were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 93% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of lower leg including ankle required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 10.2 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for fracture of lower leg including ankle in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 5 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for fracture of lower leg including ankle in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 44 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for fracture of lower leg including ankle in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 56% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of lower leg including ankle occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 17% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of lower leg including ankle occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of lower leg including ankle were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.849% (444,959) of hospital bed days were for fracture of lower leg including ankle in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.006% (771) of hospital consultant episodes were for fractures involving multiple body regions in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 82% of hospital consultant episodes for fractures involving multiple body regions required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 56% of hospital consultant episodes for fractures involving multiple body regions were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 44% of hospital consultant episodes for fractures involving multiple body regions were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 90% of hospital consultant episodes for fractures involving multiple body regions required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 17.1 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for fractures involving multiple body regions in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 7 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for fractures involving multiple body regions in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 46 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for fractures involving multiple body regions in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 53% of hospital consultant episodes for fractures involving multiple body regions occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 20% of hospital consultant episodes for fractures involving multiple body regions occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% of hospital consultant episodes for fractures involving multiple body regions were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.019% (10,208) of hospital bed days were for fractures involving multiple body regions in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.001% (149) of hospital consultant episodes were for fracture of spine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 71% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of spine required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 38% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of spine were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 62% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of spine were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 85% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of spine required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 16.3 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for fracture of spine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 10 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for fracture of spine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 63 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for fracture of spine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 30% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of spine occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 50% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of spine occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% of hospital consultant episodes for fracture of spine were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.003% (1,763) of hospital bed days were for fracture of spine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 16 males under 15 years per 100,000 population visited a hospital emergency department for fractures excluding lower limbs in the US 2001 (US Census Bureau, Statistical Abstract of the US: 2003)


Footnotes:
1. Canadian Injury Data, Statistics Canada, 1996-1997

Last revision: May 27, 2003

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