The aim of the study was to reduce postoperative edema
in total knee and hip arthroplasty rehabilitation
A pre– and posttest design was used for this quality improvement project at a rehabilitation
Staff and patient edema
education was standardized. Staff pre- and posttests were administered. Patients were interviewed to assess for knowledge of edema
management. Chart audits were assessed for edema
management and length of stay.
Average staff knowledge scores (n
= 50) increased pre- to posteducational video (64% vs. 70%). Of patients interviewed posteducation (n
= 24), 38% were able to list two characteristics of edema
. Two chart audits completed pre- and posteducation demonstrated that the majority of patients (n
= 30 per group) had edema
upon admission (96% vs. 97%). However, length of stay decreased by 3 days (19.2 vs. 16.3).
Standardized postoperative edema
education can improve staff and patient edema
knowledge and management.
Clinical Relevance Edema
education is recommended for orthopedic
patients in rehabilitation