Hundreds of lives could be saved if patients with hip fractures were operated on in under 24 hours, a new study reveals.
Researchers in Bristol found 8% more patients died after 30 days if they were operated on between 24 and 36 hours after admission to hospital.
The delay is thought to have caused 670 excess deaths in four years.
Project leader Timothy Chesser said it was the “first time” the benefits of early surgery had been revealed.
Data was collected by a team at Southmead Hospital from the National Hip Fracture Database, the largest such list in the world.