The impact of measuring outcomes
Reducing the need for blood transfusion
According to international studies(1), the risk of needing a blood transfusion during hip replacement is around 22%. Schoen Clinic’s constant collection and review of data from patients under-going this operation enabled consultants to adapt procedures. Despite already being better than average, Schoen Clinic has driven systematic improvements in blood transfusion rates over the last five years, reducing it to 2%. For patients this means fewer complications and faster recovery from surgery.
In 2011 only two thirds of Schoen Clinic’s hip replacement patients left hospital with >70o flexibility. Through measuring outcomes and reviewing the data a new programme was introduced in 2012. This focused on mobilising patients within six hours of surgery and giving them additional intensive physiotherapy. The result was a marked increase in the percentage of patients achieving >70% flexibility on discharge.