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Compliance with enhanced recovery programmes in elective colorectal surgery.
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PMID:  20235087     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocols are often criticized for being difficult to implement outside clinical trials. This audit evaluated compliance with an ERAS protocol and compared it with that during a trial. METHODS: Compliance was audited by case-note review of 100 consecutive patients undergoing colorectal surgery. This was compared with the compliance in a group of 95 patients who participated in a clinical trial. RESULTS: Fewer patients in the audit group than in the study group received preoperative oral carbohydrate loading (61.0 versus 96 per cent; P < 0.001), a transverse incision (25.0 versus 39 per cent; P = 0.037), early fluid and diet reintroduction (73.0 versus 99 per cent; P < 0.001), and non-opiate postoperative oral analgesia (70.0 versus 99 per cent; P < 0.001). Lower non-opiate oral analgesia use in the audit group was not associated with a commensurate increase in opiate use (P = 0.061). There was no difference between groups in length of hospital stay (median (interquartile range) 7 (5-8) versus 6 (5-7) days respectively), septic morbidity or 30-day mortality rates. CONCLUSION: Observance to some aspects of the ERAS protocol was lower outside the clinical trial. However, this made little difference to patient outcome.
J Ahmed; S Khan; M Gatt; R Kallam; J MacFie
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of surgery     Volume:  97     ISSN:  1365-2168     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Surg     Publication Date:  2010 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-04-15     Completed Date:  2010-05-05     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372553     Medline TA:  Br J Surg     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  754-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2010 British Journal of Surgery Society Ltd.
Combined Gastroenterology Research Unit, Scarborough Hospital, Woodlands Drive, Scarborough YO12 6QL, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Colorectal Neoplasms / rehabilitation,  surgery*
Dietary Carbohydrates / administration & dosage
Medical Audit
Middle Aged
Patient Compliance*
Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
Recovery of Function
Retrospective Studies
Surgical Procedures, Elective / rehabilitation
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0/Dietary Carbohydrates

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