Patients To Benefit At UHK With Irish National Orthopaedic Register

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The local implementation team for the INOR at UHK. Standing from left; Fearghal Grimes, General Manager, Ms Eimear Conroy Orthopaedic Surgeon, Mr John Rice Orthopaedic Surgeon, Mareeda de Róiste Business Lead, Kerry Mc Auliffe Director of Nursing, Ann Mc Namara Clerical Officer, Tom Bannon Office of CIO. Seated L to R: Sinead Healy Orthopaedic CNS, Dr Niamh Feely clinical Director, Suzanne Rowley INOR Manager.

THE National Office of Clinical Audit (NOCA) has announced that University Hospital Kerry is the eighth hospital in Ireland to roll out the Irish National Orthopaedic Register (INOR).

INOR is a national electronic register of patients receiving joint replacement surgery in Ireland. Elective orthopaedic hip and knee replacement records will now be available nationally in a central register for the first time.

Following patient consent, the INOR will collect information electronically at pre-operative, surgical and post-operative assessment stages, from patients who are undergoing joint replacement surgery.

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This will in turn support early detection of implant performance and improve patient experience with their implant over a longer time.

Speaking about INOR, Mr. John Rice, Clinical Lead for the INOR Project in University Hospital Kerry said; “The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UHK welcomes our engagement with the Irish National Orthopaedic Register. We believe that this link will be vital to ensure our standard of joint replacement care at our hospital  is nationally and internationally recognised.”

Suzanne Rowley, INOR Manager, complimented and thanked all staff in University Hospital Kerry from senior management, surgeons, nursing, clerical and ICT on the enthusiasm and buy in on the project from the outset. “It has been a pleasure to work with everyone and we look forward to our continued partnership in this patient safety initative.”

INOR is a secure, web-based, real-time system that went live in May 2016 and is currently rolling out nationally. Its aim is to improve and maintain the quality of care for individuals receiving joint replacement surgery in Ireland.

The register will collate information from all hospitals in Ireland undertaking joint replacement surgery and will support early detection of implant performance and improve the efficiency of the recall and review process.

It is managed by the National Office of Clinical Audit (NOCA), in conjunction with the HSE Office of the Chief Information Officer and clinically supported by Irish Institute of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon (IITOS).

Roll-out of INOR to the remaining public elective orthopaedic surgery sites is underway and will be completed by the mid 2020.


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