Research Article

Regional survey of femoral neck fractures.

Br Med J 1976; 2 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.2.6050.1496 (Published 18 December 1976) Cite this as: Br Med J 1976;2:1496
  1. S C Gallannaugh,
  2. A Martin,
  3. P H Millard

    Abstract

    In the South-west Thames Region 2619 patients (2105 women and 514 men) were discharged with a diagnosis of femoral neck fracture in 1974. The equivalent of a 250-bedded hospital was occupied throughout the year. The incidence, average length of stay, and mortality rate rose with increasing age and there were differences in these indices in the five health areas. These results confirm the enormous burden placed on the hospital service by patients with fracture of the femoral neck but suggest that differences in practice in the five areas may contribute to the size of the problem.