/////Dedicated orthopaedic services: availability and type
Dedicated orthopaedic services: availability and type 2017-01-28T09:40:58-05:00

Dedicated orthopedic units in hospitals are those that have staff members who are specifically trained to work with people who have orthopedic conditions. Having highly skilled staff, specialized equipment, and areas designed for orthopedic recovery, reduces the risk for developing avoidable problems while in the hospital.

Hospital programs, processes, and services can have an effect on the length of stay, prevent complications, and contribute to improved outcomes for persons undergoing knee replacements (NIH Consensus Development Conference on Total Knee Replacement, December 8-10, 2003, Final Statement; Arthritis & Rheumatism, September 2002: 46(9); 2436-2444; Journal of Nursing Administration, November, 2001: 31(11); 544-549).