SSW Launches Pre-Surgical Education Program for Total Joint Replacement Patients

Ascension Seton Southwest (SSW) worked this year to launch a new and improved education program for patients undergoing total joint replacement surgeries. One of the goals of the program was to reduce surgical site infections. Another was to improve patient satisfaction by educating patients on what to expect before, during and after their surgery, including home care after discharge.

Every week on Thursday mornings, Sara Shannon, BSN, RN, and Elizabeth Antolak, RN, meets with patients in a classroom setting to share information and answer questions. The class covers a range of topics to help patients feel more comfortable and prepared for their upcoming surgeries. Topics discussed vary from exercise to proper bathing before the procedure.

In addition to educating patients before their surgery at the weekly class, Ascension Seton’s Good Health Solutions staff are also prescreening patients scheduled for total joint surgeries throughout the network for medical issues, by setting up the surgery clearance appointments.

During nurse leader rounding, surgical patients have expressed positive feedback for the classes. One patient said: “Everything that was taught in the joint class of what to expect has been spot on.   I’m glad I attended it.”