It is increasingly clear that the application of systematic and evidence-based perioperative protocols can help make patients more comfortable and hasten their recovery. Many also believe that patient care should be straightforward and that patients should not be subjected to the discomfort and indignity of unnecessary procedures, worthless rituals, and therapies that are not supported by scientific evidence. Clinical pathways should address several aspects of postoperative care including: the return of bowel function, increasing activity levels, maximizing patient comfort, and eliminating superfluous maneuvers.
KeywordsNasogastric Tube Postoperative Ileus Paralytic Ileus Bowel Motility Postoperative Pain Relief
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