ANALYSING STAGES OF CARE IN HOSPITAL STAY FOR FRACTURED NECK OF FEMUR

John A Robbins, L. J. Donaldson

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Abstract

All 216 patients with femoral-neck fractures presenting to the trauma and orthopaedic service of a large health district over a 20-week period were studied to identify the stage of care for each day of the hospital stay. Of the 5167 patient-days of acute hospital care 492 were spent awaiting surgery (10%), 141 being made fit for surgery (3%), 2690 recovering from surgery without complications (51%), 59 being treated for surgical complications (1%), 56 being treated for medical complications (1%), and 1437 awaiting discharge after medical and surgical care was complete (28%); 292 (6%) days were spent by patients receiving conservative treatment. The method described provides a basis for examining the problem of extended acute hospital stay and variations in length of stay between different centres for elderly patients with this and other disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1028-1029
Number of pages2
JournalThe Lancet
Volume324
Issue number8410
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 3 1984

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  • Medicine(all)

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