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Orthopaedic Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/NOR.0b013e3182558c23
Original Articles

Sustaining Disease-Specific Performance Improvement Measures for Joint Replacement

Cress, Deborah; Hansen, Linda; Pelton, JoAnne

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Abstract

To maintain standards of excellence and continuously improve their outcomes, specialized joint replacement centers must develop, implement, and sustain specific performance improvement activities. This article describes the activities at one. Midwestern healthcare system's joint replacement center related to three disease-specific performance improvement measures: fall prevention, preoperative education, and pain management. Specific steps in the process for each measure are described. These include current-state analyses, goals established, the use of Plan–Do–Study–Act (PDSA) methodology to identify and implement appropriate interventions, and the use of the Six Sources of Influence model to promote successful change. Outcomes, lessons learned, and suggestions for replication by other institutions are discussed.

© 2012 National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses

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