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New approach to colorectal surgical care results in quicker recovery times and lower costs

Gut Foundation - Thursday, February 12, 2015

New study utilizing the ACS NSQIP risk calculator demonstrates how a new protocol for colorectal surgical care improves patient outcomes and increases patient satisfaction

A new multidisciplinary approach to managing patients undergoing a colorectal operation results in shorter hospital stays, fewer complications, and lower medical costs, according to research results published online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. The study will appear in a print edition of the Journal this spring.

Currently, patients undergoing a colorectal operation remain in the hospital for five to 10 days, and often experience significant pain and complications. In an effort to improve these outcomes, researchers at the University of Virginia Health System (UVA-Health), Charlottesville, developed a standardized approach for colorectal surgical care. The program, based on the principles known as enhanced recovery, incorporates proven practices that lead to faster recovery into the preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative phases of surgical patient care. UVA-Health is a participant in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®).

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