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Clinical Quality Indicators: Infection Prophylaxis for Total Knee Arthroplasty

Smith, Mary Atkinson; Jacobs, Lynne; Rodier, Lauren; Taylor, Ashley; Taylor-White, Carlotta

Orthopaedic Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/NOR.0b013e31822e077b
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Abstract

Clinical quality indicators have a strong influence on reducing the overall financial impact, improving the outcomes, and minimizing the adverse events among patients undergoing elective total knee arthroplasty. In today's era of healthcare reform and increasing healthcare costs, it is important for orthopaedic nurses to be aware of the vital role clinical quality indicators play in the perioperative and postoperative settings.

Author Information

Mary Atkinson Smith, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, Board certified nurse practitioner and Surgical assistant, Starkville Orthopedic Clinic, MS and Assistant Professor of nursing, Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, MS and sole proprietor of Golden Triangle Geriatric Consulting, Starkville, MS.

Lynne Jacobs, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Chesapeake Otolaryngology Associates, Bowie, MD.

Lauren Rodier, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, WHNP, Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Health Services Chief, County of Honolulu, HI.

Ashley Taylor, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP, Certified Family and Psychiatric nurse practitioner, Veteran's Health Administration, Johnson City, TN.

Carlotta Taylor-White, DNP, APRN-BC, Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner with Barnes Jewish Hospital, Center for Peri-Operative Assessment & Planning, St. Louis, MO.

The authors have disclosed that they have no financial interests to any commercial company related to this educational activity.

© 2011 National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses