Decreased length of stay and earlier oral feeding associated with standardized postoperative clinical care for total gastrectomies at a cancer center Conference Paper


Authors: Selby, L. V.; Rifkin, M. B.; Yoon, S. S.; Ariyan, C. E.; Strong, V. E.
Title: Decreased length of stay and earlier oral feeding associated with standardized postoperative clinical care for total gastrectomies at a cancer center
Conference Title: 11th Annual Academic Surgical Congress (ASC)
Abstract: Background Standardization of postoperative care has been shown to decrease postoperative length of stay. Methods In June 2009, we standardized postoperative care for all gastrectomies at our institution. Four years’ worth of total gastrectomies (2 years prior to standardization and 2 years after standardization) were reviewed to determine the effect of standardization on postoperative care, length of stay, complications, and readmissions. Results Between June 2007 and July 2011, 99 patients underwent curative intent open total gastrectomy: 51 patients prior to standardization, and 48 patients poststandardization. Patients were predominantly male (70%); median age was 63; and median body mass index was 26. Standardization of postoperative care was associated with a decrease in median time to beginning both clear liquids and a postgastrectomy diet, earlier removal of epidural catheters, earlier use of oral pain medication, less time receiving intravenous fluids, and decreased length of stay (all P < .01). Groups showed no differences in complication rates, complication severity, diet intolerance, return to our Urgent Care Center, or readmission. Conclusion Institution of standardized postoperative orders for total gastrectomy was associated with a significantly decreased length of stay and earlier oral feeding without increasing postoperative complications, early postoperative outpatient visits, or readmissions. © 2016 Elsevier Inc.
Journal Title Surgery
Volume: 160
Issue: 3
Conference Dates: 2016 2-4 Feb
Conference Location: Jacksonville, FL
ISBN: 0039-6060
Publisher: Elsevier Inc.  
Date Published: 2016-09-01
Start Page: 607
End Page: 612
Language: English
DOI: 10.1016/j.surg.2016.04.036
PROVIDER: scopus
PMCID: PMC4975674
PUBMED: 27316826
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Notes: Conference Paper -- Export Date: 2 November 2016 -- Source: Scopus
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MSK Authors
  1. Sam Yoon
    58 Yoon
  2. Vivian Strong
    149 Strong
  3. Charlotte Eielson Ariyan
    80 Ariyan
  4. Luke   Selby
    19 Selby
  5. Marissa   Rifkin
    1 Rifkin