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An enhanced recovery after surgery program for hip and knee arthroplasty (Australia)

International Literature

posted by WM Admin on 20 April 2015

The authors describe the development and evaluation of an enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) program across three hospitals in Victoria.

412 patients were enrolled to the pre-ERAS (existing-practice) phase and compared with 297 patients in the ERAS phase. For ERAS patients, compared with existing-practice patients, hospital stay was reduced and there was a significant improvement in the proportion of patients ready for discharge on day 3 after surgery. The authors also found improved indicators of processes and outcomes of care, including improved patient education, reduced fasting times, less blood loss, better analgesia, earlier ambulation and improved overall quality of recovery.

This article is available to read in free full text at:  http://dx.doi.org/10.5694/mja14.00601

Christelis, N., et al. (2015). An enhanced recovery after surgery program for hip and knee arthroplasty. Medical Journal of Australia, 202(7): 363-368.