Early surgery for ankle fractures may improve outcomes, reduce costs
from ORTHO SuperSite
United Kingdom investigators suggest that hospitals establish a policy of early surgical intervention for ankle fractures, which would improve outcomes and reduce the costs associated with this injury. Ankle fractures are one of the most common orthopedic injuries, according to Mohamed Sukeik, M.D., MRCS, and colleagues at the Cumberland Infirmary, in the United Kingdom. The swelling associated with these fractures causes operative delays. However, a surgical delay of more than 24 hours after injury is linked to longer hospitals stays, which increases costs.
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