Certification for Hip and Knee Joint Replacement Given to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano|
PLANO, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano has earned certification by The Joint Commission for its hip and knee joint replacement program.
To earn Joint Commission certification, the facility must comply with national standards, use evidence-based clinical guidelines for care, and continuously improve processes and patient outcomes.
The Texas Health Plano program incorporates best industry practices even before surgery happens. Before a patient undergoes the joint replacement procedure they are provided information by a dedicated joint care coordinator in a pre-operative class for both the patient and a caregiver and in guidebooks on the joint replacement surgery process.
The procedure is then performed in an orthopedic-specific operating room, which is equipped for minimally invasive procedures and offers advanced digital and video imaging for surgeons to operate with great precision. The surgeons and orthopedic nurses also don full-body surgical isolation suits as an extra precaution to reduce the risks of post-surgical infections.
After the procedure the program focuses on wellness and rehabilitation to help patients recover faster. To accomplish this, family members are educated to be personal “coaches” and patients participate in group rehab classes. Patients recover on a floor in the hospital that is staffed by nurses who specialize in joint replacements.
“The whole joint replacement program is designed to provide each patient the best tools to recover and get back on their feet faster,” said Carole Inman, joint care coordinator at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. “The employees on the unit enjoy seeing patients improve each day after surgery.”
The camaraderie among patients doesn’t just stop when they leave after surgery. The program also holds quarterly lunches with past patients and physicians on the medical staff.
“Our employees and the physicians on our medical staff work together in a seamless team to provide quality care for joint replacement patients,” said Dr. Jeffrey Canose, FACHE, hospital president. “Earning certification as a joint replacement program is a testament to the hard work each caregiver provides day in and day out for our patients and their families.”
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