Rapid arthroplasty mobilization protocol (RAMP) is a multimodal approach that has been trialed and implemented over the past 9 years in an Australian hospital, on patients undergoing either a total hip or knee arthroplasty. The aim strongly focuses on improving patient outcomes, by alleviating many of the postoperative problems associated with total joint arthroplasty, such as pain control, early mobilization, nausea and vomiting, deep vein thrombosis, and increased length of hospital stay. In addition, RAMP is aimed at accelerating wellness to encourage a rapid return to optimum function within the individual. Key elements of this procedure are good communication and an understanding of the protocol by the patient, together with a clear understanding and knowledge of the postoperative care required by the orthopaedic nurses.
Suzanne Patricia Stewart, MN (Orthopaedics), BN, RN, PhD Candidate, University of Ballarat, Lecturer, School of Health Science & Biotechnology, Holmesglen Institute, Moorabbin, Victoria, Australia.
The author declares no conflict of interest.