Best Practice for Knee Arthroplasty Surgery Documentation - Full document
As part of ongoing work both to improve patient outcomes and to reduce litigation costs within the NHS, a large series of knee arthroplasty cases in which complaints were made, have been reviewed. A number of common denominators and concerns, both in technique and documentation, have been identified. The Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme, in association with the British Association for Surgery of the Knee, British Orthopaedic Association and NHS Resolution, aims to reduce the frequency of such occurrences by bringing these common denominators to the attention of surgeons who perform knee surgery. Throughout this guidance, real cases are used as a tool to stress the importance of adequate documentation of knee surgery.