St. Dominic’s has become a member of the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), an independent, not-for-profit database designed to store comprehensive data about joint replacement procedures and to improve the patient experience of those who undergo joint replacement surgery.
More than a million hip and knee replacements are performed each year in the U.S., and that number is expected to increase as more men and women remain active as they grow older. While most replacement surgeries are successful, about 7.5 percent experience problems following surgery that require the artificial joint to be replaced.
“The American Joint Replacement registry will be of great value to patients, surgeons and hospitals throughout the country,” said Cris Bourn, Neuroscience/Orthopaedic Service Line Administrator at St. Dominic’s. “It will allow us to gather data in order to determine the safest, most cost efficient manner to care for our joint replacement patients.”
The AJRR serves as a central clearinghouse for information about joint replacements performed at St. Dominic’s and other member hospitals and medical centers throughout the country that participate in the registry. The AJRR aims to carefully monitor the artificial joint throughout a recipient’s lifetime in a database containing information about the patient, the surgeon who performed the procedure and the hospital or medical center where the procedure took place. The data collected will help doctors more quickly identify joints that are performing poorly and will help match patients, procedures and devices to ensure every patient has the best experience possible.
Physicians and other healthcare professionals who use the registry can easily access data from medical centers across the country and use the information to make informed recommendations to their patients. Registry information about patient outcomes will also help artificial joint manufacturers improve their product and identify potentially faulty products and help reduce healthcare costs associated with replacement procedures and follow-up care.
Source: St. Dominic’s