Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, is the first hospital to be certified by The Joint Commission for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement.
The advanced certification means Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is committed to providing care in a safe and efficient manner for its patients undergoing a total joint replacement of the hip or knee, TJC reports.
TJC reviewers evaluated the program on April 7, 2016, assessing the quality of procedures associated with the orthopedic consultation, pre-operative procedures, intraoperative and post-surgical care of the patient, and orthopedic surgeon follow-up care. Announcing the certification, TJC said the hospital provides “an unparalleled advantage when it comes to providing coordinated and comprehensive care that addresses patient needs from the time of their initial consultation to their post-surgical follow-up care.”
The Joint Commission Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement focuses on the continuum of care and transitions that occur within each phase of care, education of the total hip and total knee replacement patient, shared decision-making that includes the patient throughout the continuum of care, and consistent communication and collaboration between all health care providers throughout the continuum of care.
Hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers are eligible for the two-year advanced certification.