Evid Based Nurs 8:24 doi:10.1136/ebn.8.1.24
  • Treatment

Review: evidence from individually randomised trials shows that hip protectors do not reduce hip fractures in elderly people

Hip protectors v no hip protectors in elderly people living in the community or in institutional care (data from individually randomised trials only)*

Outcomes Number of trials (n) Hip protectors No hip protectors RRI (95% CI)
*Abbreviations defined in glossary; RRI, RRR, and CI calculated from data in article.
Hip fractures 8 (6561) 3.8% 3.4% 4% (−34 to 20)
Pelvic fractures 7 (6490) 0.8% 0.7% 4% (−69 to 46)
Mortality 5 (5576) 13% 12% 5% (−9 to 18)
Other fractures 7 (6490) 5.4% 6.8% 15% (−5 to 30)

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