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Review of Two Approaches for the Care of Elderly Hip Fracture Patient

Christopher A. Brown1*, Sami Mardam-Bey2, John Boling2, Steven Olson1, Thomas Owens3 and Robert Zura1
1Duke University Medical Center, Department of Orthopedics, Durham North Carolina, USA
2Duke University Medical School, Durham North Carolina, USA
3Duke University Medical Center, Department of Medicine, Durham North Carolina, USA
Corresponding Author : Christopher A. Brown
Department of Orthopedics
Duke University Medical Center
Durham North Carolina, Box 3269200 Trent Drive
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Received March 12, 2012; Accepted March 30, 2012; Published April 02, 2012
Citation: Brown CA, Mardam-Bey S, Boling J, Olson S, Owens T, et al. (2012) Review of Two Approaches for the Care of Elderly Hip Fracture Patient. J Trauma Treatment 1:125. doi:10.4172/2167-1222.1000125
Copyright: © 2012 Brown CA, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Introduction: Protocols for caring for elderly hip fracture patients vary among hospitals. The purpose of this study was to examine two different approaches of care for this patient population at our institution.

Methods: Retrospective review of 389 consecutive patients 65 years and older with the diagnosis of a low- energy, hip fracture between January 2006 and May 2010. 227 consecutive patients for which a nonstandard method of admission (OP) to either medicine (133 patients) or orthopedic service (94 patients) were compared to a new plan of care (NP) that included 162 consecutive patients in which all patients were admitted to medicine. We evaluated perioperative complications rates, time to surgery (TTS), and length of hospital stay (LOS).

Results: There were no significant differences in LOS, TTS, 30 day re-admission, rapid response codes, perioperative complications or death between either model of care. The NP did demonstrate a significant increase in patients being transfused (51.85% vs. 36.56%) and number of patients being diagnosed with Vitamin D deficiency (42.12% vs. 20.70%).

Conclusion: While our change in protocol did not alter the rate of perioperative complications, nor did it provide quicker care or shorter hospital stays, it did provide more comprehensive osteoporosis care to our patients

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