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Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2003 Mar;85(2):117-9.

Factors delaying surgical treatment of hip fractures in elderly patients.

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University Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, UK. bcharalambos@hotmail.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Published guidelines recommend early surgical treatment of hip fractures in elderly patients. Understanding the factors that delay surgical intervention is essential in order to introduce changes that will facilitate early treatment.

AIM:

To determine the factors delaying surgical treatment of hip fractures in elderly patients for more than 24 h.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

Assessment of 163 consecutive patients undergoing surgery for hip fractures at the trauma unit of Manchester Royal Infirmary.

RESULTS:

Only 72/163 (44.2%) patients had their operation within 24 h of presenting to hospital. The remaining 91 patients had a total of 239 days delay (in excess of the initial 24 h) for surgical treatment. Active medical problems (56.5%) and a wait for medical investigations (19.7%) caused most delays. Lack of operating theatre time and Sunday trauma lists caused 23.8% of delays.

CONCLUSIONS:

Medical problems account for most delays of surgical treatment of hip fractures. A multidisciplinary approach, with early input by medical and anaesthetic teams, is essential in managing such patients. Established protocols may reduce waiting times for essential investigations.

PMID:
12648344
PMCID:
PMC1963705
DOI:
10.1308/003588403321219911
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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