Rehabilitation after surgery for hip fracture in older persons: Challenge issue in nursing

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Kanokporn Jiewprasat


Elderly people are at risk for complications after hip surgery due to immobilisation. The elderly experience a physiological change in all body systems and are affected by pre-surgery conditions, dementia, functional ability, muscle strength, waiting time before surgery, pain, delirium, depression and fear of falling. For older people, rehabilitation after surgery for hip fracture is a challenge for nurses. The importance of all stages of care before surgery, during surgery and after surgery cannot be understated, which involves promoting nutrition, maintaining muscle strength, pain management, delirium prevention, preventing infections after surgery, prevention of deep vein thrombosis, preventing hip dislocation after surgery, and improve muscle strength. The goal of care is to reduce post-operative complications amongpatients so they can perform daily activities and return to baseline functional status.  


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Jiewprasat, K. (2019). Rehabilitation after surgery for hip fracture in older persons: Challenge issue in nursing. Vajira Nursing Journal, 21(1), 51–66. Retrieved from
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Kanokporn Jiewprasat, Thai Redcross College of Nursing



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