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Five Hospitals Share Three Secrets to Improve Knee Surgery Outcomes

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 25, 2012

Pushback
Tomek says that when word about certain system processes that improved care was passed around to other participating hospitals, "there was a lot of pushback from surgeons."

"I'll be honest with you,"he adds. "We're trying to leverage these results to influence change. ... It's an uphill push because in some cases, having a dedicated team is not aligned with what nursing or anesthesiology might want to do. We're hoping this paper will be a catalyst to say, Look, this does make a difference.”

Since the results on knee procedures were circulated, 11 other health systems have agreed to adopt the approach. They are Baylor Health Care System, Beaumont Health System, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, North Shore-LIJ Health System, MaineHealth, Providence Health & Services, Scott & White Healthcare, Sutter Health, UCLA Health System, University of Iowa Health Care, and Virginia Mason Medical Center.


Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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1 comments on "Five Hospitals Share Three Secrets to Improve Knee Surgery Outcomes"


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.