Medical care of elderly patients with hip fractures

Jeanne M. Huddleston, Kevin J. Whitford

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Medical morbidity associated with hip fractures in the elderly population is considerable. The all-cause mortality rate is 24% at 12 months. The functional limitations of survivors can be pronounced. As the American population ages, hip fractures will substantially affect the utilization of hospital resources. Several issues, including preoperative clearance and related surgical timing, deep venous thrombosis prophylaxis, delirium, nutrition, and urinary tract management, are important in the care of these patients. A close partnership between orthopedic surgeons and clinicians provides the best strategy of care for the subset of patients with multisystemic complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-298
Number of pages4
JournalMayo Clinic proceedings
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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