Pain relief for fractured neck of femur: what emergency nurses need to know
New guidance has been issued on the use of fascia iliaca block as part of pain management in emergency departmentsColoured X-ray (front view) showing a hip fracture (at left) to the neck of the thigh bone Picture: Science Photo Library
Every year in the UK about 65,000 people – often those who are older and vulnerable – sustain a common type of hip fracture called a fractured neck of femur, according to the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) .
Of these patients, 10% will die after a month and 30% within a year.
Delivery of timely and effective analgesia
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