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The Orthopaedic Inpatient Unit

Patients who have orthopaedic surgery are taken to the sixth floor of the Acute Patient Tower. This is a multi-surgical unit with a sub specialty in orthopaedics. Orthopaedics comprises 20-25 percent of the total patient population. This unit has 36 beds which includes 8 private rooms and 14 semi private rooms. All rooms are equipped with cable TV hook up and phone jacks. Care is provided by a multi-disciplinary team that consists of surgeons, surgical residents, nurses, case managers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, nutritionists, home care coordinators, patient care technicians and patient aides.

Quality patient care is the goal of each member of our team. Our vision is consistent with that of the institution as a whole: "To make the best even better by providing every patient with an exceptional health care experience."

When you arrive on the sixth floor, you can expect the following to be a part of the general care of any patient who has orthopaedic surgery.

Pain Management

The methods used to control your pain will be determined by your surgeon. The surgeons and nurses will monitor the effectiveness of these methods and modify as needed.

Prevention of Complications

Depending on the surgical procedure performed, a variety of methods will be used to prevent or decrease any complications that may occur. You will be monitored by the multi disciplinary team and asked to report specific signs and symptoms.

Early Mobility

Early mobility is the key to a progressive recovery. Your surgeon will determine your level of activity and communicate the plan to you and the other team members. Your cooperation with the plan leads to a successful rehabilitation period.

Patient Education

Members of the team will provide instruction regarding your procedure, plan of care, equipment and your part in the recovery process. Family members or significant others are welcome to participate in the instruction. Their participation will provide you with the support you will need after discharge.

Discharge Planning

The length of your hospital stay is determined by the goals of your care plan. Once these goals are met, you will be considered safe to be discharged. Your Social Worker and Home Care Coordinator will make arrangements for your discharge from the acute patient tower whether it be to home or to a subacute facility.

Your Case Manager

You will meet your case manager within the first 48 hours of your hospital stay. Your case manager acts as your advocate across the continuum. This means that you will be in contact with your case manager whether you are in the acute patient tower, the transitional care unit, the clinic or at home. Because there are different teams of health care providers in each setting, we will make every effort to prevent fragmented care. The function of the case manager is to work with the teams to assess the health care needs of patients and their families. The case manager will then communicate these needs to the appropriate health care team members and coordinate medical and social resources to meet these needs.

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