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An integrated care pathway for fractured neck of femur patients

Liz Onslow, BA (Hons), MSc, RN. Nurse Specialist - Elderly, Trauma and Orthopaedic Directorate, Southampton General Hospital This paper describes how an integrated care pathway was introduced for patients with fractured neck of femur in an acute hospital. Femoral neck fracture is the most common traumatic condition requiring admission to adult orthopaedic wards, and is currently approaching epidemic proportions among older people, especially women (Audit Commission, 1995).

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