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Quality Measures

Bone & Joint Center

The Bone & Joint Center at St. Cloud Hospital is one of Minnesota’s highest volume joint replacement hospitals. Surgeons from St. Cloud Orthopedics completed 1,312 hip and knee replacements last year at St. Cloud Hospital. High volumes mean greater physicians and nurse expertise for our patients. Patients at high volume centers also experience fewer complications in the first six months after surgery.

Volumes

Volume Graph

Total Joint Program outcomes

  • Eighty-five percent of total joint replacement patients are discharged at or below the Medicare Geometric Mean Length-of-Stay of 3.3 days.
  • More than 80 percent of our elective hip and knee joint replacement patients are discharged directly to home.
  • Less than 4 percent of elective total hip and total knee replacement patients receive blood transfusions.
  • Infection rates are less than 1 percent for elective total hip and total knee replacements.

Operational outcomes

We understand that patients seek care that uses the latest standards and evidence-based medicine. That is why we examine operational outcomes like length-of-stay and SCIP metrics.

  • Eighty-five percent of patients are discharged within the Medicare Geometric Mean Length-of-Stay of 3.3 days.
  • More than 80 percent of our elective hip and knee joint replacement patients are discharged directly to home.

Clinical outcomes

We understand that patients seek care that performs at a high level of clinical quality. That is why we evaluate clinical outcomes to maximize patient care and safety.

  • Less than 4 percent of elective total hip and total knee replacement receive blood transfusions
  • Infection rates are less than 1 percent for elective total hip and total knee replacements.
  • Bone & Joint Center fall rates are below the national average, compared to NDNQI. 
  • Central line and urinary infections are consistently at a rate of zero, compared to NHSN.

Length of Stay

By combining the latest techniques and technologies, the average length of stay at St. Cloud Hospital is shorter than the national average — 3.25 days versus 3.6 days.

Trauma Care

  • St. Cloud Hospital Emergency Trauma Center visits: 53,600.
  • Last year, approximately 1,400 patients met the requirements to be entered into the trauma registry.
  • Of the 1,400 trauma registry cases, 2 percent were transferred out to another facility.
  • Of the 1,400 trauma registry cases, 35 percent were transferred in from another acute care facility.
  • In the severe trauma population, 40% arrived by air ambulance.

Patient Satisfaction

Thanks to our experienced team, including nationally certified nurses, patient satisfaction in the Bone & Joint Center consistently show scores greater than the 99th percentile with Press Ganey. 

  • Consistently in the top 5 percent in national benchmarks for Friendliness and courtesy of nurses.
  • Consistently in the top 2 percent in national benchmarks for Nurses attitude toward your requests.
  • Consistents in the top 10 percent in national benchmarks for Overall nurse care score along with Amount of attention paid to personal needs.
  • Consistently in the top 10 percent in national benchmarks for Overall rating of care given at hospital.

References:

Minnesota Hospital Association
Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery
Press Ganey Inpatient Means and Ranks
National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI)
National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)

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