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Table 3 Adverse event and serious adverse event counts, percentages given in brackets, for 132 patients, who underwent total knee arthroplasty (TKA) before implementation of a critical pathway on TKA, versus 128 patients, who underwent TKA after path implementation

From: Adverse events in total knee arthroplasty: Results of a physician independent survey in 260 patients

  Before pathway implementation After pathway implementation Total
adverse event n = 132 n = 128 n = 260
Generalised seizure due to local anaesthetic intoxication 0 (0) 1 (1) 1 (0)
DVT (lower leg) 10 (8) 6 (5) 16 (6)
DVT (knee) 4 (3) 2 (2) 6 (2)
DVT (thigh) 0 (0) 1 (1) 1 (0)
Haematoma 1 (1) 3 (2) 4 (2)
Wound healing problems 1 (1) 0 (0) 1 (0)
Stiff knee 0 (0) 1 (1) 1 (0)
Gastrointestinal bleeding 0 (0) 3 (2) 3 (1)
Dekubital ulcer 1 (1) 2 (2) 3 (1)
Postoperative cognitive disorder 1 (1) 0 (0) 1 (0)
Speech disturbance and Hyperkinesia in Parkinson disease 2 (2) 1 (1) 3 (1)
Postoperative hypertonia 1 (1) 3 (2) 4 (2)
Cardiac blocks 2 (2) 2 (2) 4 (2)
Diarrhoea 1 (1) 1 (1) 2 (1)
Obstipation 0 (0) 1 (1) 1 (0)
Erysipel 1 (1) 0 (0) 1 (0)
Exanthema 1 (1) 3 (2) 4 (2)
Otolaryngology consultation* 2 (2) 0 (0) 2 (1)
Dentist consultation* 1 (1) 0 (0) 1 (0)
Urinary tract infection 0 (0) 2 (2) 2 (1)
Urologic consultation* 1 (1) 2 (2) 3 (1)
Fall 0 (0) 2 (2) 2 (1)
Posterior collum lesion (myelon)* 0 (0) 1 (1) 1 (0)
Hyperhomocystinemia* 0 (0) 1 (1) 1 (0)
Total AE 30 (23) 38 (29) 68 (26)
serious adverse event
Death during study period, unrelated 1 (1) 1 (1) 2 (1)
Resuscitation (cardiological cause) 1 (1) 0 (0) 1 (0)
Pulmonary embolism 1 (1) 0 (0) 1 (0)
Revision for infection 1 (1) 3 (2) 4 (2)
Revision for haematoma 1 (1) 0 (0) 1 (0)
Closed mobilisation 0 (0) 3 (2) 3 (1)
Opticusneuropathia 0 (0) 1 (1) 1 (0)
Myocardial infarction 0 (0) 1 (1) 1 (0)
Central vein thrombosis eye 0 (0) 1 (1) 1 (0)
Subcutaneous infection belly (related to DVT prophylaxis) 0 (0) 1 (1) 1 (0)
Total SAE 5 (4) 11 (9) 16 (6)
  1. * Adverse events unrelated to surgical treatment