The cost of healthcare procedures is continuously rising and more emphasis is being placed on increasing the quality and effectiveness of healthcare services. A combined total of 711,000 hip and knee arthroplasties are performed yearly. This figure is expected to increase to 4 million by the year 2030. The American Joint Replacement Registry has been developed to monitor the performance of devices, determine the cost-effectiveness of procedures, and increase patient safety for individuals in need of hip and knee replacement procedures.
Mary Atkinson Smith, DNP, FNP-BC, ONP-C, Board Certified Nurse Practitioner and Surgical Assistant, Starkville Orthopedic Clinic, Starkville, MS, and sole proprietor of Golden Triangle Geriatric Consulting, Starkville, MS. She is also Assistant Professor of Nursing, the Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, MS.
William Todd Smith, MD, Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, Starkville Orthopedic Clinic, Starkville, MS.
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