The past decades have seen considerable shifts of emphasis in surgical care. The recognition that pus was not laudable, was followed by a realisation that not all complications were inevitable and that prophylaxis could effectively reduce the incidence of most common problems in the post-operative period. As anaesthesia has become safer, it has been possible to embark on more intricate and prolonged procedures and for sufficient time to be available to ensure adequate intraoperative care.
These two phenomena have firstly increased the complexity of management in the post-operative period, and have brought this aspect of surgical care more obviously to the limelight. However, many separate disciplines are involved in the care of the patient post-operatively, and the Symposium was organised1 to bring the different groups together to identify the areas of recent development in the different specialities and to integrate the overall care of the individual patient.
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Smith, J.A.R., Watkins, J. & Lorenz, W. Report of the symposium. Klin Wochenschr 63, 1005–1008 (1985). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01737637
- Plasma substitutes
- Post-operative care
- Wound infection
- ARDS (adult respiratory distress syndrome)