Rising Number of Joint Replacement Surgeries Met with Release of New Orthopedic Patient Education Video Series
Source Newsroom: Milner-Fenwick
Newswise — (Hunt Valley, MD) March, 2013 -- Milner-Fenwick, a patient education media publisher that specializes in video and web-based products for the healthcare community, has launched a four-part series on Joint Replacement Surgery designed to give patients the information – and inspiration – they need to better manage their experience and recovery.
"Joint replacement surgery numbers are increasing every year and we want to be sure our hospital clients can educate their patients throughout the entire process, in a way that is empowering for the patient and clinically grounded,” said David Milner, President, Milner-Fenwick, Inc.
The New Orthopedics Series:
Total Knee Replacement Surgery
Total Hip Replacement Surgery
After Joint Replacement Surgery
Living with Arthritis
“The new Joint Replacement videos by Milner-Fenwick have become a vital part of my pre-op and post-op education for the total joint patients at Rutherford Regional Medical Center” said Anita T. Phillips RN, BSN, CDE, Pt. Education Coordinator at Rutherford “Prior to obtaining these, I did not have an up to date video that I could use in my classes. The videos are well done and reflect the latest standards for joint replacement.”
The human touch is apparent in the series. Presenting real patients who have undergone actual procedures combined with medical best practice instruction helps patients’ relate to the information being presented; actively participate in their care; and drives higher patient satisfaction.
Improving clinical outcomes is also a key goal of this series. Ensuring patients stay safe (falls are one of the top reasons for readmissions) and avoid complications of infection while recovering at home are important to keeping costs down, and patients recovering well.
According to the 2008 Nationwide Inpatient Study (NIS), which followed the number and costs of hip and knee procedures between 1997 and 2004, found that:
In 2007, approx. 543,000 total and partial knee replacements and 465,000 total and partial hip replacements were performed. These numbers increased more than 50% and 40%, respectively since 1997.
The costs to private insurance between 1997 and 2004 almost tripled: $4.6 billion for knee and $3 billion for hips.
Patients ages 45-64 years (Baby Boomers) receiving knee replacements increased 83% from 1997-2004, and the number of the same demo. for hip replacements increased 71% during the same 7 year period.
The author of the study predicts that if these trends continue, we will be looking at about 600,000 hip replacements and 1.4 million knee replacements performed in 2015.
The 2010-2011 U.S. News & World Report hospital survey rated over 1,600 hospitals specializing in OR ( http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings/orthopedics ). With an overall anticipated shortage in nurses occurring at the same time as increased procedures across a number of health categories, effective use of staff time is a critical management issue. Health videos not only provide consistency of patient education across providers, facilities and systems, it frees the clinical team to review specific areas of concern the videos help to bring to light, and to talk with the patients in a more meaningful way.
With the goal of better informed patients taking a more active role in their recovery, the new orthopedic series is one way to help patients along the road to recovery.
The new orthopedics patient education series is currently available as in-facility dvd’s or digital content for web, cctv, or on demand systems and as HealthClips, short 3 minute building blocks of digital health information. Orthopedic home videos will be available shortly.
Milner-Fenwick has been producing patient education videos for more than 30 years; their productions feature real-life patients, easy-to-understand graphics and animation. The firm has earned a reputation for excellent quality and service within the medical community and honored with numerous awards from the National Health Information Awards and the International Health and Medical Media Festival.
Milner-Fenwick’s mission is to inform and guide patients toward better health through multi-media education. The Milner-Fenwick library contains more than 600 health video programs—from fifteen-minute programs designed for in-office viewing to multi-hour DVDs for patient home reference – that are used extensively in hospitals, physicians’ offices, corporate wellness departments, health insurance and disease management companies and public health agencies. Milner-Fenwick videos are not advertiser supported, which ensures unbiased content and products.