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Winter is Coming, and So Is Outpatient Joint Replacement

In the market share war for orthopedics, outpatient joints will only raise the stakes. So here are 5 lessons on war strategy learned from HBO’s hit show “Game of Thrones”:

Liposomal Bupivacaine Helpful in Total Knee Arthroplasty

Local infiltration of liposomal bupivacaine in patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty (TKA) curbed use of opioids and antiemetics and appeared to be both beneficial and cost effective in a recent study.

Wearable Fitness Tracker Monitors Patients’ Postoperative Functional Recovery at Home

A new way for surgeons to know how well their patients are regaining physical function after a major abdominal operation could be as simple as patients wearing a fitness wristband to count their steps. Results of a new study, presented at the 2016 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons, show that monitoring patients’ postoperative functional recovery using a commercially available, wireless activity tracker is feasible, and strongly correlates with patients’ reported postoperative complications.

Four Questions with Dr. Christopher Bono, NASS President

In preparation for NASS, we spoke with Executive Director and CEO Eric...

Rush Researchers Find Flaws in U.S. News & World Report’s Hospital Rankings

U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-2017 ranking of top orthopedic hospitals in America debuted in August. Coming in fourth on that ortho list was Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. The 677-bed general medical and surgical center was ranked nationally in nine adult specialties. It was also high-performing in three adult specialties. However, the center received the lowest ranking possible for patient safety.

Southwest General Hospital Offering Fixed-Rate for Hip, Knee and Spine Surgeries

Optum, the health services division of UnitedHealth Group, has designated Southwest General’s Orthopedic Joint Center (OJC) as a Center of Excellence (COE). Southwest General is the only facility in northern Ohio to have been selected as a COE.

New Infection Risk Assessment Tool

How much can we know—preoperatively—about the risk of postoperative surgical site infection (SSI)? Advances in this area are now available thanks to new research performed at the Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University. Joshua Everhart, M.D., a co-author on the paper, worked with colleagues to develop a preoperative SSI risk-assessment tool for primary or revision knee and hip arthroplasty.

Q & A with Dr. Zeev Kain – The Team Approach for Orthopedic Bundles

An exciting new conference is coming to Newport Beach, California in January 2017. Attendees can be part of a groundbreaking “immersion weekend” that brings together hospital executives and clinicians who are involved in the care of the orthopedic patient.

Upcoming Event – Interdisciplinary Conference on Orthopedic Value-Based Care

January 21-22, 2017
Island Hotel Newport Beach
Newport Beach, CA

Study Finds Significant Savings With Outpatient Total Ankles

Total ankle replacements done in ambulatory surgical centers appear to save about $4,000 per patient, according to orthopedic surgeon Christopher E. Gross, MD, who presented his findings at the 2016 American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons Annual Meeting.