Early surgery for hip fractures can save lives

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This is something that any senior or anyone caring for a senior should see.

Researchers at Southmead Hospital (UK) report that surgery within 24 hours of injury save lives among elderly patients with hip fractures.

They analyzed data from 241,446 British patients, measuring the death rate in the 30 days after admission. They found that if surgery were delayed past 24 hours, the death rate increased by 8%. The death rate increased by 20% if surgery were delayed 48 hours.

The concern with elderly patients is whether they need time to stabilize after an injury. It turns out that taking that time can add to their risk.

Has your doctor seen that report?


Sources:

  1. BBC News, “Early Hip Fracture Surgery Will Save Hundreds of Lives,” 20 April 2017. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-39655669

 

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