Journal article

The effect of advanced recovery room care on postoperative outcomes in moderate-risk surgical patients: a multicentre feasibility study

G Ludbrook, C Lloyd, D Story, G Maddern, B Riedel, I Richardson, D Scott, J Louise, S Edwards

ANAESTHESIA | WILEY | Published : 2020


Postoperative complications are common and may be under-recognised. It has been suggested that enhanced postoperative care in the recovery room may reduce in-hospital complications in moderate- and high-risk surgical patients. We investigated the feasibility of providing advanced recovery room care for 12-18 h postoperatively in the post-anaesthesia care unit. The primary hypothesis was that a clinical trial of advanced recovery room care was feasible. The secondary hypothesis was that this model may have a sustained impact on postoperative in-hospital and post-discharge events. This was a multicentre, prospective, feasibility before-and-after trial of moderate-risk patients (predicted 30-da..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge key clinical and research staff at each site including: L. Macguire (Royal Adelaide Hospital); J. Boys (Lismore Base Hospital); K. Coleman; L. Crone; P. Dove; (all Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre); and the overall trial co-ordinator L. De Prinse. We would also like to acknowledge the staff of PARC Clinical Research at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and J. Richter (Chief Executive Officer of the Central Adelaide Local Health Network) at the time of the trial. Funding for this project was provided by the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and Royal Adelaide Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre internal funding. The trial was registered prospectively with the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (12617001173381). This research was undertaken as part of a Masters of Clinical Sciences with the University of Adelaide (CL), funded by the Australian Government's Research Training Program (Commonwealth-funded). No other external funding or competing interests declared.