Published: Nov. 11, 2010
Updated: Nov. 11, 2010
Duke's team of specialists are at the top of their fields and provide care tailored to your needs. Below, a rundown of the roles and responsibilities of your orthopaedic team members.
Orthopaedic surgeon. Our world class physicians and surgeons deliver exceptional quality of care each day at Duke. An orthopaedic surgeon will work with you individually to ensure that the best course of treatment is chosen for your specific condition.
Anesthesiologist. These specialty physicians not only sedate patients during surgery, but also follow up with pain management once the operation is complete.
PA. Physician's assistants work with your doctor to provide your clinical care while in the clinic. PAs are trained to conduct physical exams, order and interpret tests, diagnose and treat patients, provide assistance during surgery, and write prescriptions.
NP. Nurse practitioners are nursing staff who have advanced training within various specialties so that they can deliver an extended level of care.
RN. A registered nurse is a care provider who will cover your needs at the bedside while you are staying in the hospital.
PRM. A patient resource manager works with the clinical care team to ensure that your care is as seamless as possible, from admission to discharge.
PT/OT. Physical therapists and occupational therapists are primary clinical care practitioners recognized as experts in the prevention, intervention, and management of impairment, functional limitation, and disability related to the neuromusculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, and integumentary systems across the continuum of care. A physical therapist teaches exercises and other physical activities to aid in rehabilitation and maximize physical ability with less pain. An occupational therapist can design and prescribe assistive devices that can improve the quality of the activities of daily living for patients with conditions of the muscles and joints.
NCA. A nursing care assistant helps to assist the nursing staff with the delivery of your care and the activities required to run the nursing unit.
HUC. A health unit coordinator will help coordinate your needs by responding to your patient call bell located at your bedside.
EVS. Our Environmental Service staff help our clinicians deliver world-class care by maintaining the facility and the cleanliness of your room.
Food Services. Food Services team members will work with you to provide your meals and dietary needs while you're a guest at Duke University Hospital.
PVR. Staff in Patient and Visitor Relations collaborate with hospital and medical staff to facilitate the effective resolution of complaints, grievances, or requests received from patients, families, and visitors. Staff also provide a number of services such as processing compliments received for staff from patients and visitors, notarizing advance directives, coordinating sign language interpreters, and providing information about area resources (hotels, restaurants, hairdressers, etc.)