50% Of Nursing Home Hip Fractures End In Death Or Immobility

A study conducted with more than 60,000 nursing home residents from 2005 to 2009 shows that half of nursing home patients who fall and suffer from hip die or lose the ability to walk shortly after. Patients with hip fractures over the age of 90 are the most likely to die or become completely disabled. Individuals that live outside a nursing home are only in danger of a 20 percent chance of dying.

Surgery also seems to play a factor. “A pretty high fraction of people who didn’t have surgery had much worse outcomes,” said a doctor performing the studies.  Patients who did not receive surgery after a hip fracture were more likely to die. For more, read the story. ____________________________________________________________________________

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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