Mortality after spinal and general anaesthesia for surgical fixation of hip fractures

Authors

  • A. J. Sutcliffe BSc, FFARCS,

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    1. Consultant Anaesthetist, Birmingham Accident Hospital, Bath Row, Birmingham B15 1NA
      should be addressed to Dr A.J. Sutcliffe, Department of Anaesthetics, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TH.
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  • M. Parker MB, ChB, FRCS

    1. Surgical Research Registrar, Peterborough District Hospital, Thorpe Road, Peterborough PE3 6DA.
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should be addressed to Dr A.J. Sutcliffe, Department of Anaesthetics, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TH.

Summary

One thousand, three hundred and thirty three patients who underwent anaesthesia for surgical fixation of a hip fracture were studied prospectively to assess the effects on outcome of general and spinal anaesthesia. There were no significant differences between the groups in risk factors, length of hospital stay or mortality rates after 30 days or one year. The data presented may be useful for those wishing to audit anaesthetic services provided to patients with hip fracture.

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