EKU Faculty and Staff Scholarship
 

Title

Factors Influencing Discharge Readiness after Total Knee Replacement

Author ORCID Identifier

Renee Causey UptonORCID iD iconhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6580-0269

Department

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-2019

Abstract

Total knee replacement (TKR) surgery has been found to achieve positive outcomes for many patients such as reduced pain and increased function. However, some patients experience suboptimal outcomes including falls, readmission to hospital, and reduced functional performance. Preparation for discharge after TKR surgery is often defined related to pain control, walking, knee function, and ability to climb stairs. These measures may not fully encompass aspects of recovery that impact patients’ readiness for discharge after surgery. The purpose of this article is to review discharge readiness following TKR surgery and discuss factors that are known to impact preparedness for discharge.

Journal Title

Orthopaedic Nursing

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