News brief: Florida joint replacement patients skip rehab thanks to education

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, May 22, 2009

Patients at North Broward Medical Center’s Joint Replacement Center in Deerfield Beach, FL, are benefiting from education and care they receive from a special coordinators at the facility’s joint replacement center.

Two weeks before their surgery, patients join Lynn Cleveland, an RN at North Broward, in an educational class that explains important aspects of their joint replacement surgery such as:

  • What to expect
  • How to prepare
  • What recovery may look like

Literature has shown that such programs can produce better outcomes for hip and knee replacement patients, and according to Cleveland, there have been positive outcomes at North Broward. Cleveland says one example is seeing more patients able to go home after surgery instead of to a rehab facility.

Source: The Miami Herald

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