Daycase knee replacement

Nick Smith helped to introduce daycase partial knee and total hip replacement at South Warwick University NHS Foundation Trust and has published this experience. The implementation was successful and the results showed that patients were happy with their care. Clinical scores were similar between daycase patients and patients that previously stayed in hospital for longer. Interestingly, the length of stay reduced for all joint replacements, including total knee replacements, despite not being included in the daycase pathway, in what was termed ‘the daycase effect’. It was thought that the introduction of the daycase pathway streamlined the pathway for all joint replacement patients, reducing unnecessary hospital days.