Journal article

Implementation of an enhanced recovery pathway in Australia after posterior spinal fusion for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis delivers improved outcomes

Sarah E Temby, Greta M Palmer, Sueann P Penrose, Donna M Peachey, Michael B Johnson

SPINE DEFORMITY | SPRINGER | Published : 2021

Abstract

PURPOSE: Traditionally, spinal surgery for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) has seen long hospital length of stay (LOS) and slow mobility progression. Postoperative enhanced recovery pathways (ERP) for this population in North America and Asia have successfully reduced LOS and hospital costs without increasing complications. This study assessed if ERP introduced in an Australian center achieves similar results. METHODS: A pre-post intervention study compared a historical AIS cohort having a posterior spinal fusion (PSF) who received conventional care (CC) (2013-2014) with prospectively assessed ERP recipients (2016-2018) separated by 1-year implementation period. Patient characteristics..

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