Table 3

Medical treatment in the two groups
DOS DG
Hydration
 Intravenous fluid preoperatively V V
 Monitoring fluid intake postoperatively V
Perioperative antibiotic prophylaxis V V
Thromboembolic prophylaxis V V
Nutrition
 Assessment of nutritional status* V
 Nutritional drinks V
Decubitus prophylaxis by pressure relieving mattresses V V
Oxygenation
 Transfusion if Hb < 10 V
 Oxygen if saturation < 95% V
 Avoiding hypotension (including orthostatic hypotension) V
Analgesia
 Femoral nerve block V V
 Paracetamol 1 g every 6 h, opioids on demand V V
 Pain assessment during rest and activity by VRS V
Urine
 Removal of catheter within 24 h postoperatively V V
 Screening for infection pre- and postoperatively V
 Screening for urinary retention V
Constipation
 Prophylaxis and monitoring (in cognitively impaired patients) V
Delirium
 Regular assessment V
 Focus on prevention V
Osteoporosis assessment V
Falls assessment V

DOS – Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. DG- Department of Geriatrics

VRS- Verbal Rating Scale.

*Nutritional status – history of recent weight loss, low body mass index, low caloric intake.

Saltvedt et al.

Saltvedt et al. BMC Research Notes 2012 5:355   doi:10.1186/1756-0500-5-355

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