Improving Value in Primary Total Joint Arthroplasty Care Pathways

Total Joint Arthroplasty PT Care Pathways


Early physical therapy after total joint arthroplasty has become a priority for hospitals in recent years.  Research shows that patients who receive physical therapy on post-op day zero have shorter hospital stays, decreased risk for DVT, decreased risk for hospital acquired conditions, and decreased hospital costs.

Many times however, depending on the time the patient gets out of surgery, it is not feasible for physical therapy to see the patient on the same day.  In this weeks article, we take a look at what one hospital is doing to solve this problem and still provide PT services for patients the same day they have surgery.




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  1. James says:

    The idea sounds great on paper, but I question how difficult it is in reality to get a PT to agree to working a swing shift schedule. I’m sure there are PT’s out there that would like to work later in the evening, i just don’t know who they are. I would imagine they have to split the schedule up so different therapists cover different evenings and then go back to their regular day schedule the rest of the week? I think the idea has merit, but it does seem like a bit of a scheduling nightmare and I would be cautious about creating contention in the therapy department.

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