There are proven standards of care that improve your chance of having a successful outcome. Those standards are listed in the first column of the table below. Click on each term to learn what it means. The next column shows our goal, which is based on the national average from similar hospitals around the country. The remaining columns show a year-by-year history of how often Memorial Health University Medical Center provided these standards of care for hip and knee replacement patients. A higher score is better.

Complications

Any time you undergo major surgery, there is a risk of complications. We follow proven standards of care and go to great lengths to reduce the risk of complications. This table shows how often our patients have experienced complications after surgery. The first column lists the complication. The next column shows our goal, which is based on the national average from similar hospitals around the country. The remaining columns show year by year what percentage of hip and knee replacement patients at Memorial Health University Medical Center experienced a complication. A lower score is better.

Explanation of Outcomes Terms


Blood Clots in the Hospital

Blood clots can be a side effect of surgery. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that forms inside a deep vein, often in the lower leg. If it is not diagnosed and treated, it can travel to the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism (PE). This is a very serious condition that can result in death if it is not diagnosed and treated. To help prevent blood clots, patients are encouraged to get up and walk around after surgery. They are also given special stockings to wear to help prevent DVT.

Hip Revision

Redoing a hip replacement that was performed within the previous year.

Knee Revision

Redoing a knee replacement that was performed within the previous year.

Infection

An infection at the surgical site that develops within 30 days of surgery.

Hip Transfusion

The percentage of people requiring a blood transfusion after total hip replacement surgery. Excessive bleeding is a risk of joint replacement surgery. Your surgical team will take steps to minimize blood loss.

Knee Transfusion

The percentage of people requiring a blood transfusion after total knee replacement surgery. Excessive bleeding is a risk of joint replacement surgery. Your surgical team will take steps to minimize blood loss.

Complication Our Goal 2016 Total 2015 Total
Blood Clots in the Hospital 4 1 3
Hip Revision 1% 0.33% 1.09%
Knee Revision 1% 1.88% 1.32%
Infection Less than 1% 0.95% 1.19%
Hip Transfusion 4.5% 3.56% 4.71%
Knee Transfusion 0.44% 0.46% 0.44%

Patient Satisfaction

The scores below are based on responses from a sample of people admitted to Memorial Health University Medical Center for joint surgery. Patients are asked to rate the care they received using a five-point scale ranging from "very poor" to "very good." The numbers below represent the percentage of people who gave us the highest score possible, also known as the "top box score." In this table, a higher score is better.

Overall Score

Survery Question Our Goal 2017 Total 2016 Total
Pain Addressed Promptly 80% 88% 85%
Overall Patient Satisfaction 80% 90% 88%