2017-18 Sentara Orthopedics Annual Report

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Sentara Fracture Care

Patients who have experienced a fracture require a different level of coordinated care. Most commonly, this care begins with an unplanned visit to the Emergency Department. The orthopedic teams recognized that the care and outcomes of fracture patients could be improved with a program that provides a defined care path and standards for fracture patients. In 2015, the now-named Orthopedic Hospital at Sentara Leigh launched Sentara Fracture Care, the first and only program of its kind in the region. In 2016 it was implemented at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital. Collectively, these programs have offered this specialty care to 2,688 patients.

Non-surgical methods for patient care, including injections and physical therapy, are evaluated prior to exploring surgical options. If surgery is required, Sentara Fracture Care provides completely integrated care emphasizing the patient and family perspective, from the Emergency Department through discharge.

Sentara Fracture Care uses specific treatment protocols for fractures, ensuring patients receive prompt and effective care. This shortens the hospital stay and makes an overall better hospital experience for patients and their families.

A comprehensive patient guidebook is provided to Sentara Fracture Care patients and their families to share helpful information about caring for them as well as information for staying safe once the patient returns home for recovery.

For patients who require extended rehabilitation therapy, Sentara Life Care provides the short-term care continuum that completes recovery allowing patients to return home.