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Effect of hip fracture surgery within 24 hours on short-term mobility

Journal of orthopaedic science : official journal of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association | 6 Dec 2018

T Ogawa, T Aoki and S Shirasawa
Abstract
Hip fracture constitutes a high-mortality injury in elderly patients. In addition, caregiver burden is also a relevant issue, as patients after hip fracture surgery lose ambulation and require support in the perioperative period and after discharge. Early surgery is recommended to improve mortality. However the positive effect of early surgery on the short-term postoperative ambulatory function is unknown. The objective of this study was to determine whether a shorter waiting time for hip fracture surgery improves short-term postoperative mobility in elderly patients. We used the cumulated ambulation score (CAS), a feasible function scoring system using low-demand activities, to measure short-term postoperative mobility.
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