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3Cs: the experiences of informal caregivers of patients undergoing thoracic surgery

Studies regarding caregivers have been carried out mainly in contexts where the caregiver plays a major role in the decision-making process due to the limited ability of the patient to decide...

Implementing a surgical first assistant role into that of a clinical nurse specialist at an orthopaedic specialist hospital

The Perioperative Care Collaborative (PCC) (2018) defines an SFA as ‘registered practitioner providing continuous, competent and dedicated surgical assistance under direct supervision of the operating...

Bowel dysfunction after surgery

The function of the gastrointestinal tract is to ingest and digest food and fluids, absorb nutrients and eliminate any waste products (Tortora and Derrickson, 2014). Ingestion generally occurs via the...

A simple method to secure data-driven improvement of perioperative care

In 1999, Henrik Kehlet initiated the establishment of the ‘Surgical Project’, a national unit for monitoring surgical outcome in collaboration with the National Board of Health. The purpose was to...

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