Before these appropriate use criteria are consulted, it is assumed that:
  1. There are no medical contraindications to rehabilitation therapies after surgery
  2. Patient and family provided education regarding expectations post-surgery. Return to previous level of function can’t be expected in every patient. Even patients who do may take several months to recover.
  3. Biggest risk factor for a fall is having previously fallen. Part of secondary prevention is a thoughtful fall risk assessment and mitigation program.
  4. Cognitive impairment is strongly associated with falls and fractures. Delirium is also associated with falls, fractures, and surgery. Mitigation of risk is important.
  5. Frail individuals undergoing anesthesia are at risk for many complications.
  6. Outcome of surgery was successful – i.e. reduction was appropriate, stable construct or arthroplasty was achieved by surgery.
  7. This AUC covers single low-energy isolated hip fractures.
  8. For the sake of this AUC, Elderly is defined as age 60 and above.

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