Sunday 22 October 2017

Hip fracture patients hit by two-day delays

The report said 72pc of medically-fit patients received surgery within 48 hours and during normal working hours – an increase of 3pc compared with 2014 (Stock photo)
The report said 72pc of medically-fit patients received surgery within 48 hours and during normal working hours – an increase of 3pc compared with 2014 (Stock photo)
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Some patients who have a hip fracture face delays of around two days before being taken to a hospital where they can go under the knife.

The delay happens when they are taken to an emergency department where hip operations are not performed, the National Office of Clinical Audit said in a new report.

It said these patients should be transferred immediately to a hospital where they can be operated on.

Last year, 3,591 patients aged 60 or over were hospitalised following a hip fracture.

The report said 72pc of medically-fit patients received surgery within 48 hours and during normal working hours - an increase of 3pc compared with 2014.

Some 9pc of patients went directly from the emergency department to theatre.

Slightly more than a third were reviewed by a geriatrician at any time during their admission.

Irish Independent

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