Hazards with hips in theatre
Keywords: hips, hip fractures, hazards, theatre,
AbstractHip fractures are common and place a significant burden on patients and the healthcare system.1 According to the UK National Hip Fracture Database, the number of patients sustaining a hip fracture annually is predicted to increase from 77 000 cases in 2009 towards 100 000 cases in 2033 in line with the ageing demography of the population.2 Approximately 60 per cent of surgical procedures are performed on patients more than 65 years of age.3 The poor medical condition of these patients is evident in the reported distribution of preoperative ASA physical status scores: approximately 50 per cent of patients are designated ASA class III, while another ten per cent are classified as ASA IV.4
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