Sunday 4 December 2016

Hip fracture patients hit by two-day delays

Published 03/11/2016 | 02:30

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)

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.

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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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