UK national audit of hip fracture anaesthetic care to be carried out as part of the AAGBI year of the elderly

A national sprint audit of anaesthesia for hip fracture surgery will be carried out in 2013, as part of a year of focus on the elderly being launched by the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI). Anaesthesia issues directly relevant to elderly patients also form a large part of the AAGBI’s Winter Scientific Meeting, beginning in London today (Wednesday 16 January).

“Hip fractures are prevalent, and on the rise,” says Dr Richard Griffiths, AAGBI Honorary Secretary and lead on the Hip Fracture Anaesthesia Sprint Audit Project (ASAP). “These are common and serious injuries of the elderly, associated with high morbidity and mortality, occupying a significant proportion of hospital resources, and leading to a serious financial burden to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and society – costing an estimated £2 billion per year. Yet the evidence base for hip fracture anaesthesia is poor, with most studies having limited numbers, or seriously limiting exclusions – such as patients with cognitive impairment, who make up around a third of those with hip fracture.”

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