We continue our month of celebrating PAs with a new podcast on a topic not well covered: triaging and assessment of the total joint arthroplasty (replacement) patient. To help us, we have a special guest who is an orthopedic surgery PA named Amy Jean.
The easiest way to divide patients is in the acute, subacute, and chronic stages. Acute is anything less than six weeks. Almost every time plan to at least contact the orthopedic surgeon on-call for that group. In the subacute stage, this is less clear but when in doubt ask. In the chronic stage this is usually needed more with scenarios such as infection, fracture, or dislocation. Many of these can be quick phone consults but some may require the surgeon to come see the patient such as the septic joint.
There are a lot more details in the podcast. This is definitely one to listen to for more information. Unfortunately, there is limited evidence and even fewer online resources. If you have evidence you want included let us know.
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