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OR Excellence Award Winners - September 2017 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 7 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 4 3 T he total knee patients at Houston Physicians' Hospital tend to feel surprisingly good after surgery. At times, they've felt a little too good. "Patients were flexing their knees so much on the first post-op day that we had to tell them to back off a little bit," says Patricia Ford, MSN, RN, the chief nursing officer. "We were getting feedback from sur- geons that some incisions weren't healing well because patients were flexing too much." How did it come about that this year's OR Excellence Award winner for pain control actually had to rein patients in to keep them from bolt- ing out of the gate? Credit the hospital's multifaceted initiative to implement and standardize best practices that educate patients, mini- PAIN CONTROL When Total Joint Patients Want to Kick Up Their Heels At Houston Physicians' Hospital, a multifaceted initiative has dramatically improved pain scores and recoveries. Houston Physicians' Hospital • GROUP EFFORT From pre-admission to discharge, just about everybody contributes to pain control at Houston Physicians' Hospital.

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