DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – (October 5, 2017) – Halifax Health - Center for Orthopedics has launched a new recovery and rehabilitation program for total knee replacement surgery patients known as E.R.A.S., an acronym for Enhanced Recovery After Surgery. Halifax Health is the only medical facility in Volusia and Flagler counties to offer this unique program that features a multidisciplinary approach to recovery and has patients up and walking within three hours after surgery is complete.
“Studies show the earlier a patient ambulates after surgery, the better their outcome. Our goal at Halifax Health is to have patients up and walking within three hours after surgery. The sooner that happens the sooner we can get that patient back home to the activities he or she loves most,” explains Michelle Ransom, a registered nurse and orthopedic patient navigator for Halifax Health - Center for Orthopedics.
E.R.A.S. began as a pilot study for total knee replacements conducted by a team comprised of Halifax Health – Center for Orthopedics clinical staff. The pilot program’s successful outcomes over a 90-day trial period consistently showed positive results for participating patients, with them able to return home 24 to 48 hours after surgery.
With E.R.A.S., patients receive exceptional care before, during and after surgery from an expert orthopedics team that utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to recovery coordinated by an orthopedic patient navigator. Pre-operation educational classes are offered two days a week to prepare patients for their total joint replacement procedure. Patients are provided information on how to prepare prior to surgery, what to expect when they are admitted and how to prepare for their return home. The equipment they will need once they are home is often delivered prior to the surgery.
Beneficial outcomes for patients who have participated in the E.R.A.S. program include: less opioids needed for pain relief; no catheter needed; and up and walking within three hours after surgery is complete.
Designated a Best Hospital for Hip and Knee Replacement in Central Florida by U.S. News & World Report, Halifax Health consistently ranks among the nation’s best hospitals for orthopedic surgery care with superior outcomes in back and neck surgery, spinal fusion, hip fracture treatment, hip replacement and total knee replacement. In addition, Halifax Health employs the area’s only orthopedic traumatologist, Todd McCall, M.D.
For more information about the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery program, or to schedule a tour of Halifax Health - Center for Orthopedics, call 386.425.0611 or visit halifaxhealth.org/orthopedics.
Recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, Halifax Health serves Volusia and Flagler counties, providing a continuum of healthcare services through a network of organizations including a tertiary hospital, community hospital, psychiatric services, a cancer treatment center with five outreach locations, the area’s largest hospice, a center for inpatient rehabilitation, primary care walk-in clinics, a walk-in clinic specializing in women’s health, two community clinics, three children’s medical practices, a home healthcare agency, and an exclusive provider organization. Halifax Health offers the area’s only Level II Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Emergency Department, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services, complete Neurosurgical Services, OB Emergency Department and Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for babies born as early as 28 weeks. For more information, visit halifaxhealth.org.