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Why is a hip fracture life-threatening for the elderly?

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Dr. Steven Shannon
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Geriatric hip fx

The fracture itself isn't what is life-threatening but the events following the fracture and immobility are.
Being immobile and elderly leads to pneumonia, DVT, PE, MI, etc. This is why it is critical to treat a hip fracture surgically within 48 hours of the fracture to reduce morbidity and mortality as has been proven in multiple studies.

In brief: Geriatric hip fx

The fracture itself isn't what is life-threatening but the events following the fracture and immobility are.
Being immobile and elderly leads to pneumonia, DVT, PE, MI, etc. This is why it is critical to treat a hip fracture surgically within 48 hours of the fracture to reduce morbidity and mortality as has been proven in multiple studies.
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Dr. Patrick Tyrance jr
The relative peri-operative mortality risk (death weeks to months after surgery) for elderly patients is also related to their number of prior chronic medical conditions such as poorly controlled diabetes, high blood pressure, and dementia.
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