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Enhanced Recovery Protocols (ERPs or bundles) have been established in many surgical specialties (such as colon cancer and orthopaedic joint surgeries) for several years in hospitals worldwide. The principles of Enhanced Recovery Protocols are those of early mobilization and restoration of normal function as soon as possible after surgery. These principles are achieved by use of alternate pain control regimens and removing invasive lines and drains as soon as possible. The benefits of ERPs are improved patient experience, earlier return to normal function and reduced length of stay. Enhanced recovery protocols for cardiac surgery have been published by the Enhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery Society.

The current study will investigate whether it is possible to utilise ERP bundles in the population of cardiac surgery patients at James Cook Hospital, with a view to rolling out a full ERP service. Secondary study outcomes will be patient-centred, including; pain scores, nausea and vomiting rates and time taken to return to normal function.


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Why? Enhanced Recovery Protocols (ERPs or bundles) have been established in many surgical specialties (such as colon cancer and orthopaedic joint surgeries) for several years in hospitals worldwide. The principles of Enhanced Recovery Protocols are those of early mobilization and restoration of normal function as soon as possible after surgery. These principles are achieved by use of alternate pain control regimens and removing invasive lines and drains as soon as possible. The benefits of ERPs are improved patient experience, earlier return to normal function and reduced length of stay. Enhanced recovery protocols for cardiac surgery have been published by the Enhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery Society. These protocols have been demonstrated as safe, though have yet to make it into mainstream practice in the UK. The use of ERPs in Cardiac Surgery has the potential to greatly improve the patient journey and hospital efficiency.

What? The current study will investigate whether it is possible to utilise ERP bundles in the population of cardiac surgery patients at James Cook Hospital, with a view to rolling out a full ERP service. Secondary study outcomes will be patient-centred, including; pain scores, nausea and vomiting rates and time taken to return to normal function.

Who? All adult patients over the age of 18 years and listed for cardiac surgery will be considered for inclusion in this study.

Where? The study population will be comprised of patients undergoing cardiac surgery at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

How? Study duration will be 6 months, with 80 patients (comprising a control and intervention group) ;


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NCT number NCT03859102
Study type Interventional
Source James Cook University Hospital
Contact Jim C Coates, MBBS
Phone 01642854630
Email james.coates1@nhs.net
Status Recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date December 17, 2018
Completion date May 31, 2019

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