As former patients who have attended OrthoColorado Hospital’s PreOp classes will tell you – the class is a great way to help alleviate fear and learn more about what to expect during the surgery process.
But in late March, due to COVID-19 safety precautions, OrthoColorado switched from in-person classes on campus to live online Zoom classes – and the response has been overwhelmingly positive!
According to Patient Educator Amanda Bergin, RN, BSN, “we wanted to find a safe and effective way to continue our classes, so Zoom was the logical solution.”
Bergin, who teaches 5 classes a week for total joint and spine patients says patients appreciate the fact that they can gain a better understanding of what to expect before, during and after surgery – all from the comfort of their own home. Plus, with the online chat tool and Zoom’s video chat capabilities, patients and their caregivers can get answers to their questions in real time.
“Research shows that PreOp class attendance helps patients recover faster and reduces the risk of complications and readmissions. Plus, it gives patients and their caregiver peace of mind knowing what to expect throughout each step of the care journey,” Bergin said.
Specifically, teaching patients how to handle pain and what to expect when managing pain can be a game changer. According to Bergin, “Post-operative pain is one of the biggest challenges our patients deal with. But after taking the class, they have a more realistic view of the recovery process which leads to higher patient satisfaction.”
Perhaps the best benefit of participating in the Zoom PreOp class is helping alleviate anxiety. Bergin said, “I really enjoy the interaction with patients and helping ease their fear of surgery so they can feel more relaxed,” said Bergin.