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    Why is there blood loss?

    Why are patients frequently anemic when they come in with a hip fracture? They frequently need a transfusion even before they have surgery to repair the fracture. Would someone please refresh me in the physiology of this? Thank-you:)
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    Blood loss from hip fracture

    When a patient comes in with a hip fracture, why are they frequently anemic? Family member asked me where they are bleeding from and where the blood was going and I was at a loss to explain it..But this does seem to be a common occurance with hip fractures. Can someone please explain this to me so I am better prepared next time? Thank-you. :)
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    nursing publications

    I've subscribed to Nursing 2010 ever since it was Nursing 1998. I've always found the articles to be very informative and help me to brush up on information I've learned in the past, but may not have used recently.:)
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    My patient died

    A couple of weeks ago I had a patient in respiratory distress that went bad very quickly. Looking back, I still feel bad about it and of course wonder if there was something more I could have done for her. I can't give many details of course, but I'm just trying to learn from it and deal with it mentally as best I can. I was in her room a lot after she was admitted to our med surg floor and she didn't seem to be in distress. I had 4 other patients and was going from room to room dealing with each patient and there didn't seem to be anything emergent going on with her. She had visitors, ate lunch, and was on oxygen. She eventually coded and was unable to be revived. She is a coroner case because she was a patient less than 24 hours. Legally, I feel nervous, but I also feel very bad for her family. I know there wasn't any one thing that I failed to do that could've prevented her from dying. She appeared to have a history of poor health. How do other nurses deal with this? And also, is there anything legally I should be aware of? I thought I was a good nurse, but this has thrown me a curve.