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      What issues must we address if we are to further accelerate recovery and shorten length of stay in total hip and knee replacement ERAS?

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          Abstract

          Objectives

          UK ERAS pathways are well established but length of stay (LOS) is still longer than for international exemplar sites. This survey asked staff what they felt were the issues that needed to be addressed in order to reduce LOS further.

          Methods

          Attendees at a multi-disciplinary meeting (Enhanced Recovery in Orthopaedic Surgery Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, 20/01/15) were surveyed.

          Results

          58 respondents from 23 hospitals in England, Scotland and Ireland were made up of nurses (27), physiotherapists (18), anaesthetists (7), occupational therapists (3), surgeons (2) and a pharmacist. 54 respondents had two or more years experience working in ERAS.

          The staff surveyed thought that the most important factors in order to achieve a short LOS within their own hospitals were:

          When the respondents were asked which issues they felt they needed to improve within their own hospitals to shorten current LOS, 35 thought that better post-operative analgesia was required and 29 thought better pre-operative patient education and expectation management were required.

          There were three other major themes:

          One respondent commented Sometimes people can have severe pain but achieve goals and go home early.

          Conclusion

          Experienced ERAS staff cited pre-operative patient education and post-operative analgesia most frequently as key factors in achieving a short LOS, but as a group also identified these two steps as the ones most needing to be improved. Managing the side effects of anaesthesia, improving physiotherapy access, and greater social and community support post-discharge were also deemed important.

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          29 September 2020
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          [1 ] Orthopaedic Research Institute, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK
          [2 ] Scottish Government, Glasgow, UK
          Article
          10.14293/S2199-1006.1.SOR-.PPGJBT4.v1

          This work has been published open access under Creative Commons Attribution License CC BY 4.0 , which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Conditions, terms of use and publishing policy can be found at www.scienceopen.com .

          The datasets generated during and/or analysed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.

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          service improvement, length of stay (LOS), enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS)

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