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

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Delirium and VTE are among the many complications that can derail rehabilitation efforts. These tips can help you keep treatment on track.PRACTICE RECOMMENDATIONS> Ensure that surgical stabilization of hip fracture is performed as soon as possible—ideally within 48 hours of injury.Symbol> 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> Order protein supplements for patients recovering from hip fracture and take steps to facilitate an early return to eating.SymbolStrength of recommendation (SOR)Symbol Good-quality patient-oriented evidenceSymbol Inconsistent or limited-quality patient-oriented evidenceSymbol Consensus, usual practice, opinion, disease-oriented evidence, case series

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