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Ir Med J. 2008 Jul-Aug;101(7):213-5.

Cost induced by hip fractures.

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  • 1Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, St Vincent's University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin.


Hip fracture is the most common fracture in the elderly population. Treating hip fractures is a major burden on the Irish Health system. There is no recent Republic of Ireland study detailing hospital costs for such injuries. A comprehensive analysis of 143 patients admitted with a hip fracture was performed to determine current medical expenditure incurred during acute hospitalization for hip fractures during 2005 in a major university hospital. Costs associated with surgery (implant & theatre costs), laboratory, radiology, physiotherapy and ward were calculated on individual basis. All the hip fractures were above 60 years of age (mean 82 years); average stay in the hospital was 11 days. The mean total hospital expenditure per patient was Euro 9236.01 of which ward costs contributed 55.33%, operative costs 39.82% and investigations 4.83%. The result clearly show that hip fractures have a major economic impact arising from the inpatient treatment, most of which relate to length of hospital stay.

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