Journal article

Implementation of an electronic care pathway for hip fracture patients: a pilot before and after study

Jason Talevski, Viviana Guerrero-Cedeno, Oddom Demontiero, Pushpa Suriyaarachchi, Derek Boersma, Sara Vogrin, Sharon Brennan-Olsen, Gustavo Duque

BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders | BMC | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Care pathways are generally paper-based and can cause communication failures between multidisciplinary teams, potentially compromising the safety of the patient. Computerized care pathways may facilitate better communication between clinical teams. This study aimed to investigate whether an electronic care pathway (e-pathway) reduces delays in surgery and hospital length of stay compared to a traditional paper-based care pathway (control) in hip fracture patients. METHODS: A single-centre evaluation with a retrospective control group was conducted in the Orthogeriatric Ward, Nepean Hospital, New South Wales, Australia. We enrolled patients aged > 65 years that were hospitalized f..

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