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Excellent Patient Outcomes

At the KishHealth System Joint Center, we are proud of our patient outcomes at Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb:

  • Doctors report that patients feel well prepared with clear expectations of the entire process.
  • Families appreciate their role in assisting the patient.
  • Most patients stand the same day of surgery and are able to walk hundreds of feet the morning after. Many walk a total distance of one-half mile during their hospital stay.
  • Patients are typically able to climb stairs and perform exercises with significant range of motion gains.
  • Nearly all of the patients achieve a level of mobility that makes it safe for them to discharge directly home within 2-3 days and receive outpatient physical therapy at the location of their choice.
  • Recently certified by the Joint Commission, the program is a testament to commitment of quality, safety, and positive patient outcomes.

Quality Data Reported

Outcomes for our joint replacement patients have improved considerably since 2010 when the total knee replacement and total hip replacement program began at KishHealth System.

The following outcomes have been measured and reported to the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality:

  • 750 total joint replacements were done from 2010-2013.
  • Length of stay dropped from 3.4 days to 2.3 days.
  • The year before the program started, only 66% joint replacement patients were discharged directly home. By the last quarter of 2013, 92% of patients were discharged home.
  • The year before the program started, only 70% of patients were likely to refer other patients.  In 2013, 100% of joint replacement patients were likely to refer.
  • The need for blood transfusions decreased from 16.1% of patients in 2010 to only 4.2% of patients in 2013.
  • The complication rate has remained very low: .6% in 2010, 1.5% in 2011, .7% in 2012, and 1.1% in 2013.
  • In 2010, 51% of patients walked greater than 300 feet during the hospital stay. In 2013, 97% of patients walked greater than 300 feet during the hospital stay.
  • Total range of motion for total knee replacement patients during hospitalization increased from 70° in 2010 to 109° in 2013.

Contact Us

Make an appointment with our Joint Care Coordinator to learn more about our patient-centered process for joint replacement surgery or to schedule a tour.

Dave Smith, Joint Care Coordinator


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