No iron needed after hip fracture surgery

By  |  March 9, 2010 | 

In this trial of 300 patients s/p surgery for hip fracture, they were randomized to 1 month of iron or no iron. At 6 week f/u, mean Hb levels were not significantly different between the groups (increased 2.1 g/dL in the iron group and 1.8 g/dL in the no iron group), but 17% of the iron group reported GI side effects. Given an absence of clinical benefit, routine iron after hip fracture surgery is probably not necessary (abstract).

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Danielle Scheurer
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.

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