A new study out of McMaster University suggests the speed of surgery after a hip fracture may have a significant impact on outcomes for older patients.
In this study of people aged 45 years and older in Canada and India, half received accelerated surgery within six hours and half had standard care of surgery 24 hours after diagnosis of a hip fracture.
47% that received standard care suffered a major complication of death, heart attack, stroke, pneumonia, blood clot or major bleeding event.
However, only 30% of the patients in the accelerated surgery group suffered one of these complications.
The study was published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.