Anaesthesia for hip fracture surgery in adults

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There was insufficient evidence available from trials comparing regional versus general anaesthesia for surgical repair of hip fractures in adults to rule out clinically important differences. Regional anaesthesia may reduce acute postoperative confusion but no conclusions can be drawn for mortality or other outcomes.

The majority of people with hip fracture are elderly and are treated surgically, requiring anaesthesia. The most common types of anaesthesia are ‘general’ and ‘spinal’. This review assessed different types of anaesthesia for surgical repair of hip fractures (proximal femoral fractures) in adults.

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