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Hip Fracture: Improving the Outcome

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The number of hip fractures increases substantially with age, and they often become life threatening. Fractures can increase postsurgical incidences of deep venous thrombosis, delirium, persistent pain, wounds, and urinary tract infections. The one-year mortality from hip fractures is 20%, but prophylaxis interventions improve outcomes. Rehabilitation is patient-specific and focuses on maximizing functional status and minimizing future risks. Ongoing medication review and assessment are important components in preventing fractures.

Abbreviations: ACCP = American College of Chest Physicians, ADL = Activities of daily living, DVT = Deep venous thrombosis, LMWH = Low-molecular-weight heparins, PE = Pulmonary embolism, UTI = Urinary tract infections.

Keywords: Deep venous thrombosis; Delirium; Hip fracture; Long-term care; Rehabilitation; Urinary tract infections

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: September 1, 2007

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  • The Consultant Pharmacist® is the official peer-reviewed journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. It is dedicated exclusively to the medication needs of the elderly in all settings, including adult day care, ambulatory care, assisted living, community, hospice, and nursing facilities. This award-winning journal is a member benefit of ASCP. Individuals who are not members and wish to receive The Consultant Pharmacist® will want to consider joining ASCP.
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