This report from the Centre for Perioperative Care provides evidence to justify the case for perioperative care, the integrated multidisciplinary care of patients from the moment surgery is contemplated through to full recovery.
This report has brought together a wide range of research about the effectiveness of perioperative care. It considered over 27,000 studies in preparing this review. The results show that perioperative care is associated with high quality clinical outcomes, reduced financial cost and better patient satisfaction. A perioperative approach can increase how prepared and empowered people feel before and after surgery. This can reduce complications and the amount of time that people stay in hospital after surgery, meaning that people feel better sooner and are able to resume their day-to-day life.
The review highlights the effectiveness of clear perioperative pathways, with an average two-day reduction in hospital stay across multiple types of surgery. Different interventions, including prehabilitation, exercise and smoking cessation can significantly reduce complications by 30% to 80%. This scale of benefits is far greater than many new drugs or treatments launched.