Hidden Morbidity following Colorectal Resection: postoperative evaluation

Thorpe, Gabrielle ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0639-4229 and Hernon, James (2015) Hidden Morbidity following Colorectal Resection: postoperative evaluation. In: Digestive Disorders Federation, 2015-06-22 - 2015-06-25, Excel.

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Introduction: The implementation and evaluation of Enhanced Recovery after Surgery programmes over the past 15 years has ensured the accurate reporting of inpatient morbidity post colorectal resection. However, there is a paucity of audit or research examining post-operative morbidity in the early discharge period. Method: 142 consecutive patients undergoing elective (n= 98) or emergency (n=44) colorectal resection over a three- month period were invited to attend a nurse-led outpatient clinic at 30 days post-discharge. Audit data were collected at two time-points, discharge from hospital and at clinic. Audit templates were developed using the Postoperative Morbidity Survey (Grocott et al, 2007), Clavien-Dindo classification criteria (Dindo et al, 2004) and modified to include additional colorectal surgery-specific outcomes. Results were recorded and analysed using SPSS. Results: Unanticipated findings relating to post-discharge morbidity identified through the audit included: 35% (n=32) of infection-free inpatients developed surgical site infections following discharge. 34% (n=47) of all patients had significant urinary symptoms when seen in clinic. Dietary implications at 30 days post-discharge included an appetite of half or less than usual intake in 27% of patients (n=37) and moderate to major changes in dietary intake compared to their pre- operative diet in 30% (n=42). 27% (n=38) of patients had an ileostomy; of those without an ileostomy, 20% (n=21) had four or more daily bowel movements, with 22% (n=23) describing their stool consistency as watery, loose or unsettled. 45% (n=46) of those without an ileostomy reported one or more problematic bowel symptom related to their surgical experience at 30 days post-discharge. Conclusion: These audit findings suggest that individuals undergoing colorectal resection experience significant levels of post-discharge morbidity, extending the burden on them and the services required to support them for longer than may have been previously anticipated. Nurse-led follow-up using auditable documentation templates facilitates the recognition and reporting of complications following discharge and provides valuable support for patients. References: Dindo, D. et al (2004) Classification of Surgical Complications: a new proposal with evaluation in a cohort of 6336 patients and results of a survey. Annals of Surgery 240(2):205-213 Grocott MPW et al (2007) The Postoperative Morbidity Survey was validated and used to describe morbidity after pelvic surgery. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 60: 919-928

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Groups > Gastroenterology and Gut Biology
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2016 01:07
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2022 14:29
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/60488


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