Ascension ministries and providers receive monthly dashboard data on their patients’ hip and knee surgeries tracking both surgical site infections and antibiotic use. This data is designed to help us identify opportunities for improvement in patient care and outcomes, and it helps us allocate the resources necessary to standardize and sustain evidence-based best practices throughout the System.

In this newsletter, you will see how the leadership and interdisciplinary orthopedic teams at one ministry have achieved one of the System’s lowest surgical site infection rates from hip and knee replacements. Their commitment to thoroughly educate patients from the point of a surgical diagnosis through surgery and rehabilitation, in addition to other best practices, clearly results in better patient outcomes.

We have provided national orthopedic guidelines and an important checklist for surgical site infection protocols to improve patient outcomes, particularly in hip and knee surgeries. Furthermore, with the dashboard data on (SSIs) and the use of antibiotics provided to each ministry monthly, we are better able to identify opportunities for continuous and rapid improvements in patient care in line with best practices defined by the CDC.

This newsletter highlights Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, New York, a health ministry that continues to grow its orthopedic expertise and clearly excels in orthopedic infection prevention, with some of the lowest surgical site infection rates in all of Ascension. Also, we discuss how Ascension is committed to working on the most effective antibiotics for our orthopedic patients, so as to prevent infection while also monitoring patient tolerances to what, in many cases, can be lifesaving drugs.

We look forward to hearing your comments on the information provided here, and we certainly look forward to working together to strengthen uniform standards of orthopedic care, particularly hip and knee replacements.

Dr. Fred Schreiber