Hip fracture in older patients: Tips and tools to speed recovery

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Abstract

Delirium and VTE are among the many complications that can derail rehabilitation efforts. These tips can help you keep treatment on track.

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> Ensure that surgical stabilization of hip fracture is performed as soon as possible—ideally within 48 hours of injury.Symbol

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> To reduce the risk of delirium, orient the patient frequently; get her out of bed as soon as possible, and avoid prolonged catheter use.Symbol

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> Order protein supplements for patients recovering from hip fracture and take steps to facilitate an early return to eating.Symbol

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Strength of recommendation (SOR)

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Symbol Good-quality patient-oriented evidence

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Symbol Inconsistent or limited-quality patient-oriented evidence

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Symbol Consensus, usual practice, opinion, disease-oriented evidence, case series

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