Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Recognized as the first hospital in South Carolina to achieve certification from ?The Joint Commission in both hip and knee total joint replacement, Trident ?Medical Center earned The Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ in December 2008. he Joint Commission, created in 1951 for the purpose of improving the safety and quality of the nation’s healthcare—found Trident Medical Center to comply with their standards for healthcare quality and safety after the medical center passed a series of rigorous and nationally recognized standards. The Seal of Approval was also awarded to Trident Medical Center based on an on-site survey by The Joint Commission. “This designation underscores our long-standing commitment of providing the highest possible levels of quality care to the communities we serve,” says Bridget Denzik, associate chief nursing officer at Trident Medical Center. “We are pleased and proud to have our efforts recognized with The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval.” Importance of Dual Joint Certification Approximately 300,000 total knee replacements, also called total knee arthroplasty, and 250,000 total hip replacements are performed each year in the United States. The goal of these procedures is to relieve pain and improve motion and function. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Statement on Total Knee Replacement, proper candidates for elective ?total joint replacement should have the following: • moderate to severe persistent pain • radiographic evidence of joint damage • significant functional limitation not relieved ?by nonsurgical management The Best Possible Care Dedication to providing the highest level of medical care possible for their patients was the driving force behind Trident Medical Center’s determination to achieve certification in both knee and hip replacement. “We have a very detailed education program for our patients,” says Denzik. “This program provides the opportunity to attend a class prior to surgery. In the class, we review the essential details that patients need to know. We tell them exactly what to expect, ensuring that our patients’ needs are met before the operation.” For the results of Trident Medical Center’s latest total joint replacement quality measures survey, visit tridenthealthsystem.com. For a physician referral, call Consult-A-Nurse at (843) 797-FIND (3463) or 1-888-797-FIND. Our physicians and caregivers at Trident Medical Center deserve a pat on the back for their efforts and willingness to work diligently for our recognition as the first hospital in South Carolina to achieve certification for both knee and hip total joint replacement.”?—Bridget Denzik, associate chief nursing officer ?at Trident Medical Center Visit our Web site at tridenthealthsystem.com for a complete schedule of events. For more information and to register for any event, please call (843) 797-FIND (3463).