• Oxford Trauma Team
  • Standard dressing vs Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) dressing

Hip fractures affect 70 000 patients per year in the UK, and it is predicted that 100 000 people will suffer a hip fracture in the UK by 2020. Almost all patients undergo surgery to enable them to start walking again. However, between 2% and 7% of patients will get a wound infection. These infections are very serious and lead to a much longer hospital stay, more surgery and for half of the patients - death.

In surgery, the use of negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) - a type of suction  wound dressing - is increasing rapidly. However it has not been tested in hip fracture surgery trials.

This feasibility trial aims to better understand the scale of the infection problem in hip fracture surgery and to explore whether it will be feasible to run a large multicentre trial comparing NPWT with normal wound dressings. This will involve 464 people who have broken their hip being allocated to either a 'standard dressing' or the NPWT dressing.

The study will provide critical information as to how many people develop infection in each group, which will allow us to make a decision on the full scale study.

Participant Recruitment
Recruitment Progress:
Latest participant recruited from: Poole Hospital
Date of most recent recruitment: Thursday, 22nd February 2018