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Bone Joint J ; 102-B(1): 72-81, 2020 Jan.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31888363


AIMS: The early mortality in patients with hip fractures from bony metastases is unknown. The objectives of this study were to quantify 30- and 90-day mortality in patients with proximal femoral metastases, and to create a mortality prediction tool based on biomarkers associated with early death. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of consecutive patients referred to the orthopaedic department at a UK trauma centre with a proximal femoral metastasis (PFM) over a seven-year period (2010 to 2016). The study group were compared to a matched control group of non-metastatic hip fractures. Minimum follow-up was one year. RESULTS: There was a 90-day mortality of 46% in patients with metastatic hip fractures versus 12% in controls (89/195 and 24/192, respectively; p < 0.001). Mean time to surgery was longer in symptomatic metastases versus complete fractures (9.5 days (SD 19.8) and 3.4 days (SD 11.4), respectively; p < 0.05). Albumin, urea, and corrected calcium were all independent predictors of early mortality and were used to generate a simple tool for predicting 90-day mortality, titled the Metastatic Early Prognostic (MEP) score. An MEP score of 0 was associated with the lowest risk of death at 30 days (14%, 3/21), 90 days (19%, 4/21), and one year (62%, 13/21). MEP scores of 3/4 were associated with the highest risk of death at 30 days (56%, 5/9), 90 days (100%, 9/9), and one year (100%, 9/9). Neither age nor primary cancer diagnosis was an independent predictor of mortality at 30 and 90 days. CONCLUSION: This score could be used to predict early mortality and guide perioperative counselling. The delay to surgery identifies a potential window to intervene and correct these abnormalities with the aim of improving survival. Cite this article: Bone Joint J. 2020;102-B(1):72-81.

Neoplasias Femorais/mortalidade , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Biomarcadores Tumorais/metabolismo , Estudos de Casos e Controles , Feminino , Neoplasias Femorais/secundário , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Prognóstico , Estudos Retrospectivos , Escócia/epidemiologia , Índice de Gravidade de Doença , Análise de Sobrevida , Tempo para o Tratamento
Surgeon ; 17(2): 80-87, 2019 Apr.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29929769


OBJECTIVES: To improve surgical planning and reduce fasting times with a tool designed to predict average surgical times for the commonest orthopaedic trauma operations. METHODS: A prospective cohort study comprising two 2-week periods before and after introduction of a surgical planning tool. The tool was used in the post-intervention group to predict surgical times for each patient and the predicted end-time for each list. The study was conducted in a UK trauma unit with consecutive orthopaedic trauma patients listed for surgery with no exclusions. INTERVENTION: A surgical planning tool was generated by analysing 5146 electronic records for trauma procedure times. Average surgical times for the commonest 20 procedures were generated with 95% confidence intervals. The primary outcome measure was number of patients fasted for a single day. The secondary outcome measures were the day of surgery and total fast times for food and fluids. RESULTS: After introduction of the planning tool, patients were more likely to fast for only one day (65% 46/71 vs 53% 40/75, p < 0.05). Day of surgery food fast was significantly lower with use of the surgical planning tool (13:11 h to 11:44 h, p < 0.05). Fast times were lower for patients with hip fractures after the intervention, with a reduction in day of surgery fast from 8:25 h to 4:28 h (p < 0.05) and a total fluid fast of 13:00 h to 4:31 h (p < 0.001). CONCLUSIONS: Introduction of a surgical planning tool was associated with a decrease in fasting times for orthopaedic trauma patients with no patient cancelled for not being adequately fasted.

Eficiência Organizacional , Jejum , Fraturas Ósseas/cirurgia , Procedimentos Ortopédicos , Cuidados Pré-Operatórios/métodos , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Humanos , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Duração da Cirurgia , Estudos Prospectivos , Fatores de Tempo , Centros de Traumatologia , Carga de Trabalho , Adulto Jovem
Surgeon ; 17(4): 207-214, 2019 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30145044


AIMS: Investigate awareness in the multidisciplinary orthopaedic trauma team regarding intimate partner violence (IPV), willingness to ask patients and knowledge of available support. METHODS: Orthopaedic staff in several UK centres completed an anonymous online validated questionnaire reflecting their opinions on IPV in orthopaedics. Respondents from orthopaedic surgery, nursing, and physiotherapy participated. RESULTS: There were 121 respondents with a mean 10 years' experience. 52% of respondents had previously had a disclosure of IPV from at least one orthopaedic patient. Doctors and nurses were equally likely to have cared for IPV patients (50% versus 56%), but doctors thought abuse was less common (57% doctors compared to 15% nurses thought IPV affected less than 1% of trauma patients, p < 0.05). 74% of respondents reported asking patients about abuse (77/104 answered) but only 24% (29/121) knew about the support currently available. Staff who did not know about available support were less likely to ask about possible abuse (46% versus 22% respectively, p < 0.05). 74% of respondents felt it was important/very important to ask about IPV. CONCLUSIONS: This is the first study investigating IPV in UK orthopaedics. Although three quarters of the staff interviewed thought that it was important to ask trauma patients about IPV, only 2% routinely ask patients presenting with musculoskeletal injuries about IPV. Orthopaedic staff are well placed to identify vulnerable patients. This study highlights the need for training staff on how to identify IPV and manage disclosures of abuse given that the incidence of IPV is on the increase.

Conscientização , Violência por Parceiro Íntimo , Sistema Musculoesquelético/lesões , Ortopedia , Equipe de Assistência ao Paciente , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Estudos Prospectivos , Inquéritos e Questionários , Reino Unido