Specialized Unit Enhances Orthopedic Care

January 13, 2009

Patients who have undergone joint replacement or other orthopedic surgeries at Floyd Memorial now stay in a 16-bed surgical inpatient unit that was designed to offer the specific features and services they need. As Margaret Krawczyk, RN, director of nursing, explained, “The rooms have specialized equipment, and they are larger so that patients can get around more easily with walkers and other devices. We also offer patients the benefit of a total joint replacement team to provide comprehensive care that meets their unique needs.”

According to Kayla Cook, RN/charge nurse in the unit, “We usually get patients up the night of surgery and help them with walking the next morning. Most patients get a 24-hour spinal block to control pain and make it easier for them to move.” She added, “We are continually studying the best practices of top  orthopedic specialty hospitals across the country to further enhance the care we provide.”

Want to Know More?

Join us for a free “Meet the Surgeons – Discovering the Benefits of Joint Replacement Surgery” seminar featuring our orthopedic surgeons on Saturday, March 21 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Discussion will include the benefits of total knee and hip replacement surgery. Kay Vannoy, PT, will explain the role of physical therapy in the recovery process, and Surgical Inpatient Unit Charge Nurse Kayla Cook, RN, will cover what to expect pre- and post-op, followed by an opportunity to tour the new unit. A complimentary breakfast will be served. Call 1-800-4-SOURCE (1-800-476-8723) or visit www.floydmemorial.com to register.