An award-winning program to help knee replacement patients is chalking up impressive results at Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals.
The group-based ‘Kneed to Succeed’ program has reduced the therapist time required to treat post-operative total knee replacements by 65 per cent, and by March 2017 was saving three times as much money as it was at launch in 2015.
Post-operative total knee replacement is one of the most commonly-referred conditions to the Blacktown and Mount Druitt Outpatient Physiotherapy Departments.
Physiotherapy is crucial in helping patients recover after surgery, and hundreds of hours are spent every year in providing high quality management so patients can achieve optimal quality of life.
Kneed to Succeed was first implemented in April 2015, and was so successful it was awarded a 2015 WSLHD Quality Award for Translational Research.
BMDH outpatient senior physiotherapist Genevieve Langron said Kneed to succeed was based on research evidence, and had led to fantastic results.
“Despite the significant increase in demand we are still achieving 100 per cent patient satisfaction and great outcomes for our participants,” she said.
“Since 2015 referrals have been rapidly rising and we have expanded our project to ensure patients continue to be seen within two weeks. Currently we have four full classes running every week between Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals without using any additional resources.”