Enhanced recovery after surgery program for elective abdominal surgery at three Victorian hospitals

E G Thompson, S T Gower, David S Beilby, Sophia Wallace, Simon Tomlinson, G D Guest, Richard Cade, Jonathan W Serpell, Paul S Myles

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The aim of this study was to evaluate the anaesthesia care of an enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) program for patients having abdominal surgery in Victorian hospitals. The main outcome measure was the number of ERAS items implemented following introduction of the ERAS program. Secondary endpoints included process of care measures, outcomes and hospital stay. We used a before-and-after design; the control group was a prospective cohort (n=154) representing pre-existing practice for elective abdominal surgical patients from July 2009. The introduction of a comprehensive ERAS program took place over two months and included the education of surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and allied health professionals. A post-implementation cohort (n=169) was enrolled in early 2010. From a total of 14 ERAS-recommended items, there were significantly more implemented in the post-ERAS period, median 8 (interquartile range 7 to 9) vs 9 (8 to 10), P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)450 - 459
Number of pages10
JournalAnaesthesia and Intensive Care
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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