Time to ambulation after hip fracture surgery: relation to hospitalization outcomes.

  • Kamel H
  • Iqbal M
  • Mogallapu R
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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis: Time to ambulation (walking) after hip fracture surgery impacts the frequency of postoperative complications and length of hospital stay. METHODS: A retrospective observational study of a cohort of all patients admitted to a university teaching hospital with a principal International Classification of Diseases-9 diagnosis of a hip fracture during 3 calendar years. RESULTS: A total of 131 participants were identified (68% were aged 65 years or older). Overall, the mean time to writing an order to ambulate a patient after a hip fracture surgery was 2 +/- 1.5 days. Time to ambulation after hip fracture surgery was significantly less in patients cared for on orthopedic surgery service compared to general surgery service (1.8 +/- 1 vs 2.5 +/- 2, p

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Authors

  • Hosam K Kamel

  • Mohammad a Iqbal

  • Ratna Mogallapu

  • Diana Maas

  • Raymond G Hoffmann

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