Resident Participation in Fixation of Intertrochanteric Hip Fractures: Analysis of the NSQIP Database

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Abstract

Background:

Future generations of orthopaedic surgeons must continue to be trained in the surgical management of hip fractures. This study assesses the effect of resident participation on outcomes for the treatment of intertrochanteric hip fractures.

Methods:

The National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) database (2010 to 2013) was queried for intertrochanteric hip fractures (International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification [ICD-9-CM] code 820.21) treated with either extramedullary (Current Procedural Terminology [CPT] code 27244) or intramedullary (CPT code 27245) fixation. Demographic variables, including resident participation, as well as primary (death and serious morbidity) and secondary outcome variables were extracted for analysis. Univariate, propensity score-matched, and multivariate logistic regression analyses were performed to evaluate outcome variables.

Results:

Data on resident participation were available for 1,764 cases (21.0%). Univariate analyses for all intertrochanteric hip fractures demonstrated no significant difference in 30-day mortality (6.3% versus 7.8%; p = 0.264) or serious morbidity (44.9% versus 43.2%; p = 0.506) between the groups with and without resident participation. Multivariate and propensity score-matched analyses gave similar results. Resident involvement was associated with prolonged operating-room time, length of stay, and time to discharge when a prolonged case was defined as one above the 90th percentile for time parameters.

Conclusions:

Resident participation was not associated with an increase in morbidity or mortality but was associated with an increase in time-related secondary outcome measures. While attending surgeon supervision is necessary, residents can and should be involved in the care of these patients without concern that resident involvement negatively impacts perioperative morbidity and mortality.

Level of Evidence:

Therapeutic Level III. See Instructions for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.

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