Hastening Surgery for Hip Fracture: How Fast is Fast? is organized by Medical Interactive Community.
Release Date: September 13, 2017
Expiration Date: September 13, 2020
Orthopedic surgeons, trauma surgeons, anesthesiologists, geriatricians, surgical physician assistants, surgical and perioperative nurses and all those caring for elderly patients with hip-fracture. Other interested healthcare practitioners are also welcome to participate.
MOC Points: 1.00
About 340,000 Americans suffer hip fractures due to falls every year. For many elderly patients, a hip fracture signals the beginning of the end, a decline ending in death within the following year. In the past, hip fractures have been regarded as non-urgent cases assigned to long waits in the emergency department and inpatient days spent evaluating and clearing patients for surgery. Based on recent evidence, some hospitals have initiated programs to fast-track these patients to surgery. In a look-back study of 2 million surgeries comparing patient outcomes for same-day versus delayed surgery, investigators found that delay in repair is associated with increased complications. This monograph provides an overview of the evidence, the guidelines, features of fast-track programs, and will craft risk management recommendations for orthopedists and those caring for the elderly with hip fractures.
Upon completion, participants should be able to:
• Characterize the current state of the evidence for fast-tracking hip fracture surgeries.
• Based on the evidence and guidelines, define “delay” in repair of hip fracture.
• Explain what should be done in the case of a patient who falls outside the guidelines for fast-tracking surgery.
• Define a fast-track hip fracture program and describe tactics that have proven successful in implementing such programs.