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Does anybody have any ideas for a research project that could be done in relation to nursing in an orthopedic context. I am looking for some fresh new ideas or something that has been done before but could be repeated for further verification. I have to come up with the statement of the problem, the overall immediate objectives for the proposed project with longterm goals by next week. I am at a loss. Any ideas? Thanks!
I don't know if this has been done before--but, if not, you could do a study of whether total joint protocol really cuts down on the incidence of post-op infections s/p total joint arthroplasty--and also whether the use of laminar flow and/or "space suits" (that is, the total joint gear the surgical team wears, with hoods) makes a difference. You could also research whether intraop antibiotic irrigation makes a difference. For as long as I have been practicing, orthopods RELIGIOUSLY irrigate with either Kantrex 1 Gm./L NS or RL, or Bacitracin 50,000 U (sometimes combined with Neosporin or Aerosporin)/L NS or RL.
I am thinking these studies may have ALREADY been done, since many of us have noticed a trend toward not using total joint protocol--but that could be a regional trend. Shodobe and I practice in CA.
Damn, I am glad not to be in school anymore!!!