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AN ANALYSIS OF DEATHS ON AN ORTHOPAEDIC SERVICE
MATHER CLEVELAND; A. DELLA PIETRA; CARL FRIESEN
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Orthopaedic Service of St. Luke's Hospital, New York
1951 by The American Orthopaedic Association
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 1951 Oct 01;33(4):1009-1011
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Abstract

1. Forty-nine (68 per cent.) of the deaths occurred in elderly patients with fractures about the hip joint.

2. Excluding those patients with fractures at the hip, there were 4,480 patients admitted. Twenty-three died during hospitalization, a mortality rate of 0.51 per cent. Four deaths were actual postoperative deaths, a mortality rate of 0.086 per cent.

3. When patients who are aged, debilitated, diabetic, with cardiac disease, ur presenting malignant tumors are hospitalized, some deaths are expected.

4. Reduction of hospital mortality may be achieved by special attention to nutritional problems, good surgical judgment and technique, the use of antibiotics, the judicious use of anticoagulants, and the meticulous care of coexisting medical and surgical problems.

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