Orthopedic Surgery nurses continue to care for patients who have returned home.

These days, it’s routine for patients who have had orthopedic surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) to receive a phone call from the nurses who cared for them at the hospital after they go home.

“We ask patients if they had trouble getting pain medications, how their pain is, whether the visiting nurse and physical therapist came to the house and if they know when their follow-up appointments are,” said Mary Anne Kenyon, MPH, MS, RN, ONC, Nursing Director, Department of Orthopedic Surgery.

Through the calls, BWH nurses have learned how they can ensure that patients have a smooth transition back home. This includes making sure prescriptions for pain medications are available and that patients learn how to take their medications correctly before they leave the hospital.

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