Enhanced recovery in gynaecology

Authors

  • Emma Torbé BM PgDip (leadership, quality and safety in healthcare) MRCOG,

    NHS South Central Service Improvement Fellow and Specialist Trainee in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
    1. Princess Anne Hospital, Southampton
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  • Robin Crawford MD FRCOG FRCS Eng,

    Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist and National Clinical Adviser for the Enhanced Recovery Programme Partnership
    1. Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, UK
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  • Andy Nordin MBBS FRCOG,

    Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist and National Clinical Adviser for NHS Improvement – Cancer
    1. East Kent Gynaecological Oncology Centre, East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust, Margate, UK
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  • Nigel Acheson MD PGCert (Patient safety and risk management) FRCOG

    Regional Medical Director (South), NHS England, Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist and advisor to NHS Improving Quality, Corresponding author
    1. South West House, Taunton, UK
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Abstract

Key content

  • Enhanced recovery pathways improve the quality and experience of care for patients undergoing elective gynaecology surgery.
  • Enhanced recovery pathways enable patients to recover more quickly and leave hospital sooner.
  • Enhanced recovery pathways reduce physical and psychological stress on patients.
  • Enhanced recovery pathways involve patients in their own care, which leads to better outcomes.

Learning objectives

  • To understand the principles and benefits of enhanced recovery pathways.
  • To share learning and experience of enhanced recovery pathways.

Ethical issues

  • Further research in the form of a randomised controlled trial of enhanced recovery versus ‘old fashioned’ care would be difficult as denying aspects of care would not be ethical.

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