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Fast track surgery and preoperative optimization

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Alexander PhillipsORCiD, Alan Horgan


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Enhanced recovery pathways have been rapidly embraced by surgeons as a mechanism for improving patient care and driving down complications and costs. They seek to employ a holistic approach, reviewing all aspects of patient management, to improve care. Many components are dissimilar to traditional surgical teaching, involving early mobilization and enteral nutrition, as well as a strong emphasis on fluid balance and pain management. By addressing all components of the patient pathway from preoperative through to post-surgery, significant improvement in outcomes can be achieved for a range of surgical procedures. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Phillips AW, Horgan AF

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Surgery

Year: 2014

Volume: 32

Issue: 2

Pages: 84-88

Print publication date: 01/02/2014

Online publication date: 03/02/2014

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

ISSN (print): 0263-9319

ISSN (electronic): 1878-1764


DOI: 10.1016/j.mpsur.2013.12.004