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Hip fractures are excruciatingly painful, necessitating lengthy hospital stays. Pain treatment options are confined in the traditional sense. Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatories (NSAIDs) are usually contraindicated, and opioids have adverse side effects. To yet, trials have been equivocal as to which blocks should be used and for how long. Interpatient variability is still an issue. Hip fractures remain one of the most serious injuries that occur in older people, with a mortality rate of 10% at one month, 20% at four months and 30% at one year. Many of those who recover suffer a loss in mobility and independence. Approximately half of patients who were previously functionally independent become partly dependent, while one third become totally dependent.
Published Date: 2021-07-24; Received Date: 2021-07-10