This article summarizes the Best Practice Guideline for Total Hip Replacement (Arthroplasty) recently released by the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON). The summary highlights the process of content development utilizing a systematic literature review and resulting recommendations for nursing care strategies throughout the patient care continuum. The authors of the Best Practice Guideline are expert nurses working in Joint Commission Disease Specific Certified clinical settings. The Summary concludes reminding readers of the purpose and focus of the guideline to enhance clinician knowledge and to improve patient care pathways and, ultimately, patient outcomes.
Tandy Gabbert, MSN, RN, ONC, author of the Summary document; and Director of Education, National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses, Chicago, IL.
Rebekah Filson, MS, RN, ANP-BC, ACNS-BC, Editor of the Best Practice Guideline for Total Hip Replacement Arthroplasty; and Clinical Outcomes Manager for Orthopedics, Spine & Neurosciences Services, Northside Hospital, Atlanta, GA.
Janine Bodden, MSN, NP-C, RN, ONP-C, RNFA, author of the Best Practice Guideline for Total Hip Replacement Arthroplasty; and Nurse Practitioner, Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ.
Carrie Coppola, MSN, RN-BC, ONC, author of the Best Practice Guideline for Total Hip Replacement Arthroplasty; and Care Coordination, Martin Health Systems, Stuart, FL.
The authors have disclosed they have no financial interests related to this educational product.