Bone cement implantation syndrome (BCIS) among patients undergoing hip surgery

Source: BMJ Open 2014, June 12 [open access publication]

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Date of publication:  12 June 2014

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Between 2005 and 2012, National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) for England and Wales, has received 62 reports that clearly describe death or severe harm associated with the use of cement in hip hemiarthroplasty for fractured neck of femur.  Most reports (89%) describe acute deterioration occurring during or within a few minutes of cement insertion. In 2009, the National Patient Safety Agency publicised this issue and encouraged the use of mitigation measures. Three-quarters of the deaths in this study have occurred since that alert.

Some important notes:  Please contact your local NHS library if you cannot access the full text.  Follow this link to find your local NHS library.

Acknowledgement:  MNT

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