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Taking AJRR's Nationally Representative Measure

Aug 2, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Measurement of volume metrics are important to the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) because they provide indicators and insights into our data and in what areas we need to focus and improve. With over 1,000 contracted hospitals/surgery centers providing data on more than 8,000 surgeons, annually we collect more arthroplasty procedures than any other registry in the world. Over 1.3 million hip and knee arthroplasty procedures are currently housed in the AJRR database.

AJRR began the Registry because no national comparator for arthroplasty existed. Each year, AJRR makes significant and actionable progress toward becoming that premier resource. Furthermore, we take measures toward demonstrating that our data is both relevant and nationally representative through multiple statistical analysis efforts. Two of those efforts are highlighted below (one is ongoing):

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AAOS Brings You the ISAR Symposium

May 9, 2018 12:58:26 PM

Watch and Learn From 12 International Registry Presentations


The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is committed to encourage and provide lifelong learning opportunities to its members and that is exactly what it did at the International Society of Arthroplasty Registries (ISAR) Symposium at its 2018 Annual Meeting. "What Can a Registry Do for Me?" showcased a dozen real-world data outcome uses from registries around the world and presented data and insights gained through these registry efforts.

ISAR members have a shared purpose of improving outcomes for individuals receiving joint replacement surgery worldwide. The focus of the society is to utilize the strength of cooperation and sharing of information and further enhance the capacity of individual registries to meet their own aims and objectives. 

A recording and slide presentation of "What Can a Registry Do for Me?" is organized under four subject areas:

  • Part 1 - Health Care Quality and Payment
  • Part 2 - Identify Clinical Best Practices and Improve Patient Care
  • Part 3 - How to Use Your Own Data
  • Part 4 - Implant Selection and New Technology

Today's blog provides a "front-row seat" for you to listen and view the complete symposium content. Symposium highlights are also below.

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Early Linked THA and TKA Revisions Tied to Higher Infection Risks

Apr 25, 2018 12:00:00 PM

In the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) 2017 Annual Report, infection was identified as a leading cause of total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and total hip arthroplasty (THA) revisions from 2012 to 2016. The majority of early (<3 months) linked TKA revisions are for infection. The majority of early (<3 months) linked THA revisions are for dislocation, infection, and periprosthetic fracture. With an increasing number of TKA and THA procedures being performed in the United States, the rate of failure has also increased. In 2017, AJRR compared and analyzed data for infection-related revision surgeries from six arthroplasty registries including AJRR. The authors presented their poster at the International Society of Arthroplasty Registries (ISAR) 6th International Congress (May 2017). The results showed that for both hip and knee arthroplasty, each registry with six-year data showed an increase in infection burden over the period of the survey.

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National Trends in the Treatment of Femoral Neck Fracture

Apr 18, 2018 12:00:00 PM

 

The demographics and treatment of femoral neck fracture (FNF) patients have evolved over time. Today's blog uses data from multiple sources to provide orthopaedic surgeons with insights and decision support regarding changing trends in FNF clinical practice. Our primary source is the American Joint Replacement Registry's (AJRR) 2017 presentation at the International Society of Arthroplasty Registries (ISAR) Annual Meeting*. Since the presentation, AJRR has continued to analyze new FNF Registry data and will again share findings at ISAR's 2018 meeting. Our second notable source is a published study in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery: "Nationwide Analysis of Femoral Neck Fractures in Elderly Patients" (Volume 99-A, Number 22, November 15, 2017)**.

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Topics: Registry Findings

AJRR Study Yields Insights Into Tracking TJR Revisions

Apr 4, 2018 12:00:00 PM

The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), the largest hip and knee replacement registry worldwide, conducted a study analyzing the correlation between hospital size, the reason for revision (or re-do) surgery, and the hospital where the total joint arthroplasty (TJA) revision surgery is performed. The link between these three factors has not been studied extensively until now. A poster on the study's findings was presented at the 2018 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting in March. The poster, titled, "Is There a Correlation Between Hospital Size and Revision Indication and Where TJA Revision Surgery is Performed?" can be seen above.

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New THA and TKA Surgical Insights From the AJRR 2017 Annual Report

Feb 21, 2018 3:00:00 PM

In 2017, the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) achieved a major milestone entering over 1 million arthroplasty procedures into its database. This year's AJRR Annual Report gives the most comprehensive picture to date of U.S. hip and knee replacement patterns. The AJRR 2017 Annual Report collected data from 2012 to 2016 and contains 860,080 procedures. Reflecting rapid and accelerating growth, the Registry's 1 million milestone was achieved in March of last year.

"The Registry has seen significant participation growth since our previous report: a 101 percent increase in procedures, a 57 percent increase in reporting institutions, and a 50 percent increase in surgeons," said AAOS Registry Oversight Committee Chair Daniel J. Berry, MD. "Growth leads to more and better data, enables more actionable analysis, and yields insights that improve surgical decision support."

"AJRR's data has been invaluable in our pursuit to provide better care for our joint replacement patients," said Amanda James, CEO, Swedish Covenant Hospital.

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A Message for Our Readers

This blog was created by the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), part of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Registry Program. The blog is part of our commitment to improve orthopaedic care through the collection, analysis, and reporting of actionable hip and knee arthroplasty data. Our purpose is to communicate with others in the orthopaedic field who share the same commitment. Watch for weekly news alerts, quick tips, actionable checklists, best practices, and research findings posted to this blog. It will be information you can use each week!

The more interactive you are, the greater the value shared. Visit us at www.aaos.org/ajrr, speak with a Registry Engagement Associate at 847-292-0530, or follow us on Twitter.

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AJRR Blog posts are researched and created by AJRR staff writers: Karen Metropulos, Erik Michalesko, and Lori Boukas. If you would like to contact the writing staff, email us at AJRRInfo@aaos.org

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This blog shares health care information from a variety of independent expert sources. Some sources offer opinions that may be of interest to other professionals facing similar challenges. Our approach helps ensure diverse, well-rounded presentation of important, often complex health care content. Shared content does not necessarily represent AJRR or AAOS findings and practices.