MacOrtho is proud to share with you a write-up on the Hamilton Arthroplasty Group’s total joint replacements readmission rate study. This study was presented by Dr. Victoria Avram at the 2012 Canadian Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting in Ottawa and featured on the Canadian Medical Association's (CMA) website.
Dr. Avram and colleagues studied hospital records for 4,445 knee or hip total joint replacements carried out between 2004 and 2008. They were concerned that early discharge would put vulnerable patients at risk and people would be returning to hospital, unable to cope in the community. They concluded that discharge planning following total joint replacement is better than they thought. This is because only 5.3% of readmitted patients returned because of "failure to cope" among 95 patients readmitted to hospital within a month after joint replacement surgery.
Please click here to access the write-up on the CMA website.