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An enhanced recovery program for colorectal surgery patients reduced total hospital costs and improved patient outcomes

from ACS

A standardized protocol for managing patients immediately before, during and after colorectal operations not only improved clinical outcomes, it also significantly reduced overall hospital costs. One of the first studies to investigate hospital costs associated with an enhanced recovery pathway for colorectal patients was published online as an “article in press” on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website in advance of print publication. “The enhanced recovery protocol provides clinical benefit by allowing surgical patients to recover quicker, use less narcotic medication and have a smoother recovery that gets them out of the hospital and hopefully back to work sooner. This study shows there is financial benefit from using the standardized pathway as well,” said study author Ian Paquette, MD, FACS, an associate professor of surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. more

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