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As part of our commitment to improve the quality of services we provide to patients, while at the same time securing clinical and financial sustainability, we are introducing Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) programmes for patients undergoing specific elective operations.
Enhanced recovery was initially pioneered for colorectal surgery in Denmark, by Professor Henrik Kehlet, and the principles have since spread across the world.
Enhanced recovery principles include:
The benefits of this programme are:
The success of this programme depends on the engagement of all professionals involved. GPs can assist by helping to ensure that the patient is in the best possible condition for surgery.
For more information please see the enhanced recovery surgical pathway 2012.
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