Colleen Christmas, MD
Christmas C. Hip Fracture. Ann Intern Med. 2011;155:ITC6-1. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-155-11-201112060-01006
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2011;155(11):ITC6-1.
Hip fracture is the most serious consequence of osteoporosis. About 1% of all falls in the elderly residing in the community result in hip fracture, often with life-changing consequences. Acute mortality from hip fracture is 3%–5%; the lifetime risk for death from hip fracture is similar to that from breast cancer. Far fewer than half of patients with hip fracture fully recover their ability to perform all of their basic activities of daily living. Outcomes are even more grim for those who have postoperative complications. Timely diagnosis and highly attentive perioperative care of the complex patient with a hip fracture aim to reduce the risk for such complications and to facilitate rapid transition to rehabilitation in the hopes of improving functional recovery.
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