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Mortality associated with delay in operation after hip fracture: … but Italian data seem to contradict study findings

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7549.1093-a (Published 04 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1093
  1. Antonella Franzo (antonella.franzo@sanita.fvg.it), epidemiologist,
  2. Giorgio Simon, epidemiologist,
  3. Carlo Francescutti, epidemiologist
  1. Agenzia Regionale della Sanità, piazzale Santa Maria della Misericordia 15, 33100 Udine, Italy
  2. Agenzia Regionale della Sanità, piazzale Santa Maria della Misericordia 15, 33100 Udine, Italy

    EDITOR—In contrast to Bottle and Aylin,1 we found that delayed surgery alone seems not to increase mortality after hip fracture after adjustment for comorbidity, age and sex, and taking hospital level variability into account.

    We examined data from regional hospital discharge registers in Friuli Venezia Giulia, a region in northeastern Italy (population 1 200 000), where each year more than 2200 elderly people are admitted for hip fracture. We selected all patients aged …

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