Replacement Hip and Knee
More than half a million Americans have total
hip or knee replacement surgery every year. While many of
these procedures were performed on older individuals, more
than 50,000 individuals under age 65 had a hip or knee joint
replaced. The number continues to grow, in part, due to people
living longer and the accumulative wear and tear on joints.
Today, there are even patients starting to undergo repeat
Interim HealthCare has introduced INTERPath
Joint Replacement Program. This new INTERPath is designed
to integrate orthopaedic physician's preferences for pre-
and post-surgical care with Interim HealthCare's expertise
at teaching and care plan execution. We do this so that:
- Home care is easier to use: timely coordination with inpatient
discharges, efficient communications, careful adherence
to physician protocols, comprehensive services.
- Home care is an effective part of the patient's recovery
from surgery, whether on a stand-alone basis or in conjunction
with outpatient therapy. Comprehensive home care from Interim
HealthCare includes: in-home physical therapy, wound care,
administration and monitoring of blood coagulation therapies
(including lab draws) and IV antibiotics, as might be indicated.
- Home care contributes to patient compliance and patient
and family satisfaction. The INTERPath program includes
patient and home assessments, patient and family education,
monitoring, all contributing to recovery at home instead
of in a facility.
The INTERPath for Joint Replacement Surgery
provides a path for a unique partnership with physicians to
achieve the best use of home care. Through INTERPath, Interim
- Carefully follows physician preferences: We integrate
each physician's unique protocols for progressive rehabilitation
into the comprehensive home care and support program.
- Provides patient and family education: We provide education
for patients and families so they know what to expect during
their recovery and to enhance their confidence with post-surgical
activities. This education contributes to patient satisfaction,
confidence with therapy and good outcomes.
- Provides feedback to the physician or key staff regarding
all aspects of the patient's progress in whatever manner
or medium best suites his/her team's needs.
This new INTERPath continues the INTERPath approach introduced
by Interim HealthCare more than 10 years ago. It includes
an integrated approach to care planning, patient teaching