In this single center cohort of patients with hip fractures, those with delays had higher morbidity and mortality, most of which was explained by co-morbid conditions, but not for surgical delays >120 hours. Almost 2/3 of the delays were due to OR availability, and 1/3 were due to medical co-morbidities. Every effort should be made to get hip fracture patients to the OR within 4-5 days (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.