New England Baptist Hospital is a center of excellence for musculoskeletal conditions and has a world-class Joint Replacement Program. NEBH performs more joint replacement surgeries than any other hospital in New England.
NEBH has a history of contributing to the success of joint replacement surgery. From the earliest years, Baptist surgeons consulted on and tested new implants, including the design and use of innovative materials. After the hospital became an established center for revisions, surgeons continued to address the complications associated with joint replacements. The impressively low post-surgical infection rate at NEBH is evidence of this commitment.
An impressive track record of research, performed by NEBH spine surgeons and physiatrists, has posed and answered numerous relevant questions about spine treatments. The highly regarded Spine Center provides effective rehabilitation that is continually refined by research.
Over the last decade, the Spine Center has undertaken research in multiple areas related to the spine. These include completed projects evaluating the utility of physical assessments used by medical providers to evaluate low back pain, cervical radiculopathy, lumbar radiculopathy, and lumbar spinal stenosis.
NEBH conducts a variety of sports medicine research projects, with recent studies focused on joint injuries during athletic activities and risk factors for sports-related injuries. New studies are also conducted each year with the help of fellows who are completing their Sports Medicine Fellowship program at NEBH. Additionally, NEBH physicians present their research at national and international conferences as well as the annual Boston Sports Medicine Symposium.
The Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Council consists of nurses from various roles at NEBH and seeks to:
Recent nurse-initiated research studies have focused on a variety of topics, including many that aim to improve patient care and current practices. As nurse-initiated research continues to grow, studies are beginning to be published and presented at local and national events.
Research related to surgical infections has increased significantly in recent years at NEBH. With a particular focus on decreasing post-surgical infection rates, studies have been conducted throughout different areas of the hospital. Of particular interest to the researchers are methods that will help to limit unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions. Other studies have focused on risk factors for specific infections and validating tests to help diagnose and treat infections more efficiently.