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The Evolution of Surgical Enhanced Recovery Pathways: a Review

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Purpose of Review

Enhanced recovery pathways are a well-defined perioperative health care program utilizing evidence-based interventions in a protocol-like manner designed to standardize techniques including drug selection and dosing to improve results and to reduce overall costs including facilitating earlier discharge from hospitals after surgery.

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A PubMed and World Wide Web search was performed with the following key words: enhanced recovery, surgical enhanced recovery, recovery pathways, and enhanced recovery pathways surgery.

Summary

This introduction to enhanced recovery pathways reflects its 20-year history, worldwide appeal, and ever growing presence in our practices. Many clinical teams have not, as of yet, incorporated enhanced recovery pathway principles to their practices and therefore, continued evolution should include increasing outreach and formalized guidelines in the future.

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Elhassan, A., Ahmed, A., Awad, H. et al. The Evolution of Surgical Enhanced Recovery Pathways: a Review. Curr Pain Headache Rep 22, 74 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11916-018-0727-z

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