Journal article

Effects of an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery programme on emergency surgical patients

Jessica C Wisely, Karen L Barclay

ANZ Journal of Surgery | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2016

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) programmes have been used in elective surgery since the 1990s to optimize peri-operative care, reducing post-operative complications, length of stay and overall costs. Following the local introduction of an ERAS programme for colorectal elective patients, it was suggested an increase in the use of ERAS-type principles in emergency patients may have occurred. The aims of this study were to determine whether management changes could be demonstrated and if there was a difference in outcomes. METHOD: A retrospective cohort study comparing emergency patients undergoing major abdominal surgery October 2008 to May 2010 (pre-ERAS) and January 2011 t..

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