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Hip fracture patients should receive surgery immediately

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) has issued new guidance stating that the NHS needs to improve access to hip fracture surgery to prevent long-term disability and other complications.

According to the organisation, some patients are having to wait for several days before they have an operation, when ideally, they should be treated the same day or 24 hours after being admitted to hospital.

The body recommended hospitals implement a co-ordinated hip fracture programme which would help patients recover more quickly and regain their mobility.

Professor Peter Littlejohns, clinical and public health director at Nice, said that the guidance provides a cost-effective way of improving patient care for those with hip fractures.

"Our guideline recommends prompt surgery and a co-ordinated individual hip fracture programme for each patient from the moment they arrive at hospital through to rehabilitation and discharge. Patients, mostly elderly people, deserve no less," he added.

According to research published in Arthritis & Rheumatism, a peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Rheumatology, people who had primary total hip arthroplasty at low-volume hospitals were more likely to develop a pulmonary embolism within 30 days of surgery than those who were treated at high-volume establishments.

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