Also called care transition, continuity of care is the coordination of health care practices in an effort to remain uniform during a movement from one heath care setting to another. This may be from one hospital to another, a hospital to home, a hospital to specialist center, or any other combination.
At Colorado Injury Center, our services mostly revolve around advanced chiropractic techniques associated with correction of back and neck related problems. This means that the continuity of care for a patient coming from a hospital for specialist treatment has to be handled with the utmost care to ensure that no detail in the patients health is overlooked. No detail can be spared when dealing with the central nervous system. It really is quite important.
During a transition, patients with complex medical needs, i.e. anyone suffering from back and neck issues, are at risk for poorer outcomes due to errors of communication between the involved health care providers. The only current nationally endorsed measure of continuity of care is the Care Transitions Measure, or CTM, which is a 15-item survey to given to patients after discharge from a hospital. Colorado Injury Center strives to meet and exceed the needs of all our patients when coming to us for advanced care.
Because of the sometimes chronic nature of back related injuries or diseases, continuity of care is extremely important in making sure that no further damage is done to the patient by way of misdiagnosis and malpractice. By using a very detailed documentation system, no patient information falls through the cracks, and our physicians do their best to remember everyone’s individual case. Also with our advanced diagnostic tools, we may be able to see spine complications missed by the hospital, and provide a higher level of care than previous.
The highly skilled team of therapists and chiropractors operating at Colorado Injury Center under Dr. Allan German have years of experience keeping all patients’ continuity of care, well, continuous.