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Five Hospitals Share Three Secrets to Improve Knee Surgery Outcomes

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 25, 2012

When surgeons at five healthcare systems shared their individual processes for 11,000 knee replacement operations, three best practices emerged that reduced lengths of stay, lowered readmission rates, and improved other outcomes for hospitals that embraced them.

That's the finding from the High Value Healthcare Collaborative, composed of orthopedic surgical teams from Cleveland Clinic, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Denver Health, Intermountain Healthcare, and the Mayo Clinic.

"These are five very different organizations—all of whom by any gold standard have good results for complications, readmissions and other outcomes,"explains Ivan Tomek, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. "But the fact is there was still significant variation, even though we're all doing the same knee operation."

Tomek and colleagues published their findings in a paper published in this month's Health Affairs journal.

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SherriCaron (5/29/2012 at 4:57 PM)
I have to agree with most if not everthing in the artical. Having just had both of my Kees' done at the beginning of the year. I have had alot of surgery and found that this has been the easiest of everything. I am a Materials Manager for a ASC and I came back to work in less than 9 weeks. I owe that to the great care I recieved before, during and after surgery. My Surgeon has a great protocol that allowed me to be fully informed and make the transition from Hospital to home to work with ease. I know that I am a rare patient in that I have also been a surgical tech for over 20 years and knew what was involved, but my experience has totally impressed me and those around me. I think if more facilities/surgeons give that kind of care to the "overall" details we would see and increase in patient satifaction surveys and much happy patients in the follow up.