Introducing the "hip call" to facilitate early surgical treatment of hip fractures: A feasibility study

Thomas G Jensen, Louise Ø Vinstrup, Simone Dalskov, Martin Aasbrenn, Henrik Palm, Søren A Rugolo, Merete T Vendelø, Signe Dollerup, Sine A N Eriksen, Troels H Lunn

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Introduction: Surgical treatment of hip fractures within 24-48 hours decreases morbidity and mortality, but goals for early surgery have not been widely achieved so far. The primary aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility of implementation of a hip call, and the secondary aim was to investigate the effect of the hip call on time for pre-operative preparation and surgery compared to a historical control cohort. Materials and Methods: From March 4, 2019 until June 30, 2019, admission of patients at Copenhagen University Hospital, Bispebjerg, Denmark, with a suspected hip fracture triggered an acute hip call. Key personnel are summoned to secure rapid pre-operative preparation and surgery. The implementation was defined feasible, if ≥ 75% of the patients were ready for surgery within 4 hours and had surgery initiated within 24 hours of hospital arrival. The historical control cohort was patients with hip fractures in the same period in 2018. Results: A total of 128 patients were included in 2019, and 99 in 2018. After implementation of hip call, 83% of patients were ready for surgery within 4 hours. After vs before hip call, 88% vs 51% were operated within 24 hours and 96% vs 79% within 36 hours. Time from admission to surgery (hh:mm) was reduced by mean 10:33 (CI 07:46-13:20), P <.001. Conclusion: The implementation of a hip call was feasible with 83% of patients being ready for surgery within 4 hours, and 88% being operated within 24 hours. Future large-scale studies should clarify potential benefits on clinical outcome.

TidsskriftActa Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
Udgave nummer8
Sider (fra-til)1202-1209
Antal sider8
StatusUdgivet - sep. 2020


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