If you talk to Stephen Smith, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon in Norfolk, he’ll tell you that, “It was necessary to create a seamless experience for the orthopaedic patient — from the physician’s office through rehabilitation.”
Until now, if you were a patient having total joint replacement done at this hospital, you could expect to spend several hours in the preadmission process, according to Nelson.
“We are limited in space when accommodating surgical patients and doing preadmission workup on orthopaedic patients,” said Nelson. “At times we have had to move to the back hallway to interview the patients. Sometimes a surgical patient would be wheeled past to the operating room, so patient privacy became an issue.”
In 2005, Dr. Smith performed 350 total joint surgeries at Faith Regional, a number that surpasses volumes for the same procedures done at other major hospitals in Nebraska. The volume of surgical patients at Faith Regional has continued to increase as well.
Through the implementation of the PAT classes, the committee has been able to develop a streamlined system that benefits our orthopaedic patients by creating:
- An interdisciplinary approach bringing all disciplines together at one time for patient education.
- An excellent environment to present information.
- Less distraction and noise reducing unnecessary stress for patient.
- Efficiencies for hospital employees.
The PAT classes are held every Monday at the Health Resource Center. Lunch is provided and patients learn about what they can expect with their surgery experience and have tests completed that same day.
“Better educated patients have better outcomes,” added Dr. Smith. “We want to make this experience effortless for them.”