The Jim Craigie Center for Joint Replacement at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center proudly earned The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement in May 2018. Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center is one of only three hospitals in the state of New Jersey to hold this prestigious award.
Shortly after attaining the Joint Commission’s Basic Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement back in 2015, the Joint Center became acutely aware that the demand for total hip and total knee replacement was quickly rising. The need to demonstrate that the Joint Center could meet this demand, while providing evidenced based patient care and delivering excellent outcomes, became paramount. Certification from the Joint Commission is the “Gold Standard” and Advanced Disease Certification sets the Joint Center apart from other hospitals.
The Joint Center underwent a two-day onsite review with the Joint Commission surveyor evaluating compliance with advanced disease-specific care standards and total hip and total knee replacement requirements. The primary focus of the review was focused on the patients transitions of care; beginning with the orthopedic consultation, through the post-operative phase and the follow-up visit with the orthopedic surgeon. Particular attention was placed on the “handoff” communication between the inter-disciplinary team members during the phases of care. The Joint Center provides education to patients and family via a pre-hab. program, pre-op class, guidebook, inpatient newsletter and discharge/graduation class. This plethora of methods to educate were explained and analyzed. The Orthopaedic Nurse Practitioner’s role in collaboration with anesthesia, the surgeons and the pre-admission testing department with regard to pre-optimization and risk stratification was highlighted. Finally, the importance of the inter-disciplinary team, uniform communication, and shared decision making, throughout the continuum of care were highlighted. The Joint Commission’s Advanced Disease Certification in Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement is an honor for the Jim Craigie Center for Joint Replacement. It serves as a reminder for Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center and the community at large, that the Joint Center provides coordinated and comprehensive care to all its patients.
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