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NHS hip op delays for older patients

5th January 2009

A survey by the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) has found that high numbers of elderly people who need emergency surgery for hip fractures are not seen within two days.

The BOA recommends that 95% of cases should be operated on within 48 hours. Of the 188 senior orthopaedic surgeons questioned by the survey 66% said only 80% of patients were seen within this time frame and 20% had to wait for more than 48 hours for their operation.

 

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