“Help us help you” could be the motto of the Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Perioperative Assessment, Surveillance and Screening (PASS) program. Its aim is to prepare patients for joint replacement surgery as well as their recovery afterward by addressing underlying health problems that could cause post-operative complications and impede recovery. The program is a collaboration between the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute and Prime Healthcare, a multi-specialty internal medicine group in Hartford.
“PASS maintains a seamless communication with the patient’s primary care physician in order to assure that our patients achieve medical optimization before, during, and after his or her surgery,” said Steven Schutzer M.D., director, Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute. “It’s the best way to ensure that medical risk is reduced and that patients have the safest and best outcomes possible.”
The PASS program evaluates patients for pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, substance abuse or any other condition that could affect the upcoming surgery. Specially-trained nurses, and other providers with expertise in perioperative care, work with patients to bring their medical conditions under control. Patients also receive live and web-based patient education. The CJRI team then conducts research on patient outcomes and monitors the impact of PASS and other essential programs on improving health care value.
Cutting the ribbon on two new operating rooms as well as the inauguration of the PASS program. Pictured (L-R) Elaine Searle, A.P.R.N., Jonathan Abrams, M.D.; John Grady-Benson, M.D.; Steven F. Schutzer, M.D.; Robert McAllister, M.D.; John Rodgers, M.D.;
and Lisa Navin, R.N., B.S.N.
Total knee, hip, and shoulder replacement surgery, as well as other surgical and non-surgical treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis of the joints.