New System Speeds Up Hip Operations

The newspaper “Dagens Nyheter” reports that a new model can speed up the wait for an operation for elderly people who break their hips.

Under the current system it can take up to day after they arrive in the emergency room before their operations.

Under the new model, developed by Lund University Hospital, preparations for operations begin in the ambulance. The prioritized hip patients then skip the usual lengthy line in the x-ray department, and get to the operating room hours sooner.

According to studies, every day a hip operation is delayed means two extra days of post-operation care and increased pain.  “Dagens Nyheter” reports that there are around 18,000 fractured hips in Sweden every year. Most of the sufferers are women, with an average age of 80.

Around 30 other Swedish hospitals have adopted the Lund method and interest has been expressed abroad, for example in the United States and Ireland.

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