The UCLA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is committed to providing value-based care that meets the complex needs of our patients and community. Our Orthopaedic Surgery Quality Improvement Team is working to ensure that every patient receives the highest quality care in an efficient and cost effective manner. When first assembled only three years ago, our Quality Improvement Team set out to dramatically reduce hospital ReAdmissions, Mortality, and Sepsis and therefore became known as the "RAMS" team. Since then, our RAMS team has grown significantly, both in scope and membership, and has made major improvements in our care delivery and outcomes.
Our RAMS team has proven that effective change, sustained improvement, and overall better patient care requires the involvement and input of the entire team. From physicians to nurses, housekeeping staff to parking attendants, the RAMS motto is to include anyone and everyone that impacts the care of our patients and plays a role in their clinical outcome, satisfaction, and overall experience. By doing so, we've gained invaluable insight on how to improve patient experiences, care delivery, and clinical outcomes.
As part of our ongoing commitment to quality and our mission to continuously improve patient care, we believe that our outcomes data should be transparent and easily accessible to patients and providers. Enclosed is our 3rd edition of the UCLA Orthopaedic Surgery Quality & Outcomes Report which provides even more detailed results, innovative strategies to improve clinical outcomes, and our next steps for the future.
We are proud to present the 2015 Quality & Outcomes Report and we welcome your comments and feedback.
JEFFREY J. ECKARDT, M.D.
Distinguished Professor & Chair
UCLA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery