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Institute for Aging Research finds modifiable hip fracture complications contribute to mortality
Date:5/22/2009

re patients dies within a year of their injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Little is known about complications that occur after hospitalization for a hip fracture, particularly in the nursing home setting. Previous studies have found, however, a high prevalence of pneumonia and pressure ulcer development among hospitalized elders with a hip fracture.

"These findings are important given that marked variations in the incidence of both pneumonia and pressure ulcers exist between nursing home facilities, suggesting that these complications may be modifiable," the researchers write.

Dr. Berry says she is uncertain if aggressive vaccination and skin-management strategies might reduce these complications in nursing home residents who suffer a hip fracture or if they might lead to improved survival in this population.


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Contact: Scott Edwards
Edwards@hrca.harvard.edu
781-247-8172
Hebrew SeniorLife Institute for Aging Research
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