Complex Fractures Top 10

  1. What is the best way to reduce the risk of infection after complex fractures?
  2. What is the optimal outpatient rehabilitation strategy for patients with complex fractures?
  3. What psychological support would be useful for patients with complex fractures and when?
  4. Is it possible to determine which patients will develop complications, arthritis and poor functional outcomes after complex fractures?
  5. What are the options for preventing and treating chronic (long-term) pain after complex fractures?
  6. What is important to patients recovering from complex fractures?
  7. What additional care and support is helpful for patients being discharged from hospital after a complex fracture?
  8. When is it better to replace, fix or fuse fractures around the ankle, knee or acetabulum (hip socket)?
  9. Can peer support (from other patients) be used to help patients with complex fractures?
  10. Can patients be provided with expected recovery times for functional recovery and return to life roles after complex fractures?

The following questions were also discussed and put in order of priority at the workshop:

  1. When is it safe to start weight-bearing and joint movement after a complex fracture?
  2. What information would be helpful to give to patients sustaining complex fractures and how would this be best delivered?
  3. In patients with multiple injuries, which fractures need fixing and when?
  4. What is the best way to predict which fracture-associated nerve injuries will recover without treatment?
  5. How can we assess and improve bone health after complex fractures to promote healing and prevent future fractures?
  6. What is the best strategy for preventing blood clots after complex fractures?
  7. What is the best bone defect reconstruction option in the acute treatment of complex fractures?
  8. Should metalwork routinely be removed after surgery and when? 

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For full details of all of the questions identified by this PSP, please see the document below.