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Friday, 25 April 2014

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Orthopaedic recovery success and infection control at Barrow hospital praised

OPERATION success rates at a unit providing hip and knee replacements are among the highest in the country, leading doctors have revealed.

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CONGRATULATIONS The orthopaedic department at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust is in the top five per cent of the country in terms of having low numbers of “revision” operations and the elective orthopaedic unit at Furness General Hospital, above, has had no post-operative case of MRSA since it opened. Inset, Lynn Dack (top left) and Katherine Allen

The orthopaedic department at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust is in the top five per cent of the country in terms of having low numbers of “revision” operations, whereby joint replacements have to be redone.

And the elective orthopaedic unit at Furness General Hospital, which is run by UHMBT, has not had a single post-operative case of the MRSA superbug since it opened in March 2008.

Deputy lead GP for Furness, Dr Arabella Onslow, congratulated the team on their work on Twitter, after a leading orthopaedic consultant shared with her figures provided by the National Joint Register.

On hearing the news, the FGH team attributed their success to the strong focus they place on pre- and post-operative care.

Lynn Dack, acting matron for surgery, said: “We’re very proactive with our enhanced recovery programme, which means taking preventative infection screening measures before the patient comes into hospital.

“MRSA is still a big problem nationally. It’s the main focus in infection prevention terms, so it’s incredibly important to get it right.”

The team’s enhanced recovery work, which has seen them successfully reduce their patients’ length of stay due to careful planning of their preparation and rehabilitation, is likely to have contributed to their impressive success rate.

Last year, fewer than five hip operations had to be re-done at FGH, compared to a national average of 31.

The team also had only five knee revisions compared to a national average of 19. This was despite the unit carrying out the national average number of initial hip replacements and performing a higher than average number of knee operations.

The enhanced recovery programme means the nurse-led unit working closely with physiotherapist and occupational therapist colleagues plus, most importantly, the patients themselves.

The scheme has been so successful that the unit has been asked to share it with other hospitals across the north west.

Sarah Doughty and Katherine Allen are the unit’s clinical leaders.

Miss Allen said: “The team approach is crucial, as is being consistent. Everybody has to be on the same page, everyone needs to know what the programme involves, and everyone, including the patient, has to be invested.”

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well that's wonderful news - especially that I am awaiting a new knee at FGH.

Posted by rachel on 27 December 2013 at 16:13

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