Statement from the President
“Timely, high quality patient information is fundamental to the quality and safety of modern surgery. By adequately preparing patients and providing them with realistic expectations, there is ample evidence that patients feel better informed and more empowered to play an active role in their recovery. Alerting patients and their carers to key warning signs can also facilitate the early detection of unanticipated complications and is crucial to ensuring safety once the patient has left hospital.
Advances in surgical and anaesthetic techniques, combined with increasing recognition of the hazards associated with excessive hospital dependency, have resulted in the vast expansion of day surgery and the development of enhanced recovery programmes for inpatient surgery. Such short stay surgery is high quality care with considerable clinical benefits for the patient, but also financial advantages for the hospital, and appropriate patient information is crucial to its safety and success.
The British Association of Day Surgery is delighted to endorse the EIDO library of information leaflets embracing short stay surgical principles. We believe that these will have an integral role in preparing patients for a rapid recovery with the shortest necessary hospital stay and an optimal perioperative experience.”
Ian Smith, President, British Association of Day Surgery
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