Wait Time Benchmarks for Joint Replacement
|Procedure||Emergency cases*||Urgent cases*||Scheduled cases*|
|Hip and knee replacement surgery||Immediate to 24 hours||Within 30 days (priority 1)
Within 90 days (priority 2)
|Consultation: within 3 months
Treatment: within 6 months of consultation
* Priority or urgency levels are defined as follows:
- Emergency = immediate danger to life, limb or organ;
- Urgent = Situation that is unstable and has the potential to deteriorate quickly and result in an emergency admission;
- Scheduled = Situation involving minimal pain, dysfunction or disability (also called “routine” or “elective”).
Note: Unless specified, time refers to calendar days between decision to treat by specialist and the day treatment is received.