Dr. Eric Bohm
BY JOEL SCHLESINGER
Winnipeg Health Region
Wave, November / December 2012
surgeon Dr. Eric Bohm
says the auto industry has
the right idea.
But he's not talking
about fuel efficiency
or safety. What really
impresses Bohm is how
car manufacturers listen
to their customers.
"When you buy a
new car, you get those
questionnaires from the
dealership and manufacturer about whether you're happy with the
purchase," says the Director of Research for the Concordia Joint
Replacement Group at Concordia Hospital's Hip and Knee Institute.
"The car manufacturer gets lots of good information on the quality of
its product and makes changes when something isn't working."
Bohm liked the idea so much, he helped make it standard practice
to track the results of patients receiving hip and knee replacements
at the institute, which is Manitoba's central hub for most joint
replacement procedures. "It's a bit embarrassing to say, but it's sort
of novel to ask health-care patients in the system whether they're
satisfied with their experience."
In some cases, that might not make as much sense. "Who wouldn't
be gracious for successful life-saving surgery?" he asks rhetorically.
"But hip and knee replacement surgeries are elective operations that
are done to improve quality of life, so you really want to maximize
the positive effects of the operation and minimize the possibility of
Bohm says he was drawn to the Hip and Knee Institute 10 years
ago by the chance to work with patients and conduct research at
the same time. This offered the unique opportunity to improve
surgical techniques and the effectiveness of implants, reduce waittimes
and make the experience of patients the best it can be. Since
he arrived, the institute has set up a wear-and-tear lab to test new
implants, and, in 2005, a Region-wide registry was created to track
patients who've received the procedures. All these initiatives have one
overarching goal: helping knee and hip replacement recipients have
fewer complications from surgery and get back to enjoying their lives
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