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Date: 19 July 2024

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Maxillofacial surgery quality indicator

Percentage of emergency admissions with fractured mandible who have surgery within 24 hours of admission

How is the Trust doing?

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Rolling year to date (February 2019 – January 2020) 69.2%
Rolling 2 years (February 2018 – January 2020) 69.9%

The aim is for all eligible patients to have surgery within 24 hours of admission. It is important to note that not all patients can have surgery within 24 hours, for example they may be medically unfit or they may have other injuries which take priority.

The Trust is maintaining performance for this indicator with a steady number of patients getting to theatre within 24 hours.

Why is this indicator important?

Fractured mandible (lower jaw) is one of the most common facial fractures usually caused by trauma (e.g. violence), road traffic accidents, contact sports, falls or through other causes. Early treatment is important to reduce the risk of infection, problems with healing and to alleviate pain.

Some mandible fractures may not need surgery if the fracture is not mobile and the patient’s bite (the way the teeth meet together) is unchanged. Mandibular fractures are either treated with bars on the teeth and elastic to guide the teeth back into the correct position or by opening them up and screwing a titanium plate across the fracture to stabilise it.

Patients are usually discharged from hospital the day after their treatment if the fractured mandible is their only injury.

How do we measure this indicator?

Percentage of emergency patients admitted with a primary diagnosis of fractured mandible who undergo a corrective procedure within 24 hours.

179 of these patients were treated by the Trust’s Maxillofacial surgical team during 2014-15.

Where does the data come from?

Patients are identified from Oceano (UHB’s patient administration system, which records diagnosis and surgical information).


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