Standardized perioperative care protocols and reduced length of stay after colon surgery.

@article{Bradshaw1998StandardizedPC,
  title={Standardized perioperative care protocols and reduced length of stay after colon surgery.},
  author={B. G. G. Bradshaw and S. S. Liu and Richard C. Thirlby},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Surgeons},
  year={1998},
  volume={186 5},
  pages={501-6}
}
BACKGROUND Recent studies have suggested that critical pathways and standard order sets decrease hospital length of stay and improve quality of care. A recently conducted prospective, randomized study at our institution found that patients undergoing elective colon resections had earlier return of bowel function if perioperative epidural anesthesia and analgesia were provided. All patients in the study were also placed on a standardized perioperative regimen. We hypothesized that the… CONTINUE READING

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