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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The medical and economic impact of preoperative ca...[Injury. 2007] - PubMed Result

The medical and economic impact of preoperative ca...[Injury. 2007] - PubMed Result: "DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: Preoperative cardiac testing did not lead to changes in perioperative orthopaedic or medical management of elderly patients with hip fractures. Patients undergoing testing had a significant delay to surgery. Extrapolated to the population of elderly hip fracture patients in the United States (250,000 annually), preoperative cardiac testing (performed in 15% of cases) would cost nearly $47,000,000 annually. Preoperative cardiac testing may add profoundly to the healthcare costs associated with treating this population of patients without influencing orthopaedic or medical management."