Thursday, March 25, 2010

Hips

In the last few months, we've had a rash of patients who have fallen and broken their hips. Is something in their water? None of the falls could be prevented (outside perhaps a drastic personality change in the case of some stubborn souls.) Only one family opted for hip surgery; recovery does not look so great. In one case, the family would have opted for surgery but the patient would not have made it through because of their cardiac issues. The other families chose to keep the patient comfortable with medication. In general the patient died a few days later. I know this is not a decision any family would want to make. On the flipside, why would you put your loved one through surgery and rehab when they already have a life-limiting prognosis? I didn't mean to get on my "quality of life" soapbox but there you have it!

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