This site is intended for healthcare professionals only

Asthma, salt, Parkinson's

Written by: | Published:

Constipation in hip fracture patients

Int J Nurs Pract (2014) doi: 10.1111/ijn.12312

Nurses should ask about and help manage constipation in people discharged into the community following surgery for hip fractures, Danish researchers have suggested.

The researchers interviewed 106 patients on admission. Most (70.8%) of the patients were women, with a mean age of 78.1 years. They re-interviewed 97 patients on discharge and 75 patients 30 days after surgery.

At admission, 17% of hip-fracture patients reported dry and hard stools, increasing to 24% at discharge and 35% after 30 days. Furthermore, 52%, 69% and 63% patients respectively complained of prolonged and difficult bowel movements.

Patients first defecated, on average, 3.2 days after surgery, although the time to first bowel movement ranged between one and nine days. On average, patients defecated normally 9.5 days after hip fracture surgery. However, 23% of patients did not re-establish normal defecation within the first 30 days after surgery. The authors commented that further studies are needed to help patients cope with constipation after they are discharged into the community following surgery for hip fracture.

Breastfeeding and asthma

Please login or register to read the rest of the article and to have access to downloads and comments.

What do you think? Leave a comment below or tweet your views to @IndyNurseMag

This material is protected by MA Healthcare Ltd copyright.
See Terms and Conditions.

Read a free issue from Practice Nursing

Register to read a free issue from our sister publication, Practice Nursing.

Including articles on asthma, diabetes and more. Read your copy.


Sign up to the newsletter


Independent Nurse is the professional resource for primary care and community nurses, providing clinical articles for practice nurses and prescribers.


Subscribe to our newsletter and stay up to date with the latest nursing news.

Stay Connected

Stay social with Independent Nurse by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or connecting on LinkedIn.


Need access to some of our older articles? You can view our archive, or alternatively contact us.

Contact Us

MA Healthcare Ltd.
St Jude's Church, Dulwich Road
London, SE24 0PB

Tel: +44 (0)20 7738 5454
Registered in England and Wales No. 01878373

Meet the team


Find out how to contribute to Independent Nurse here.