Title

Ethical Considerations around Urgent Hip Hemiarthroplasty during COVID-19: A Case Report

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2020

Journal

Journal of Clinical Research in Anesthesiology

Volume

3

Issue

2

Keywords

COVID-19, ethics, palliative surgery

Abstract

Ethical discussion surrounding management of hip fractures in the elderly has always been challenging, but the recent coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic has superimposed additional difficulties that have to be addressed by clinicians. We present a case report of elderly gentleman with a history of moderate to advanced dementia, who was diagnosed with an intertrochanteric femoral fracture after a fall, and was incidentally found to be COVID-19 positive. After a lengthy discussion with next of kin, he had operative management of his hip fracture, followed by a brief convalescence, and eventual discharge to his nursing facility where he passed away

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