Building Blocks: Education

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SAGES SMART Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Enhanced recovery programs aim to return patients to normal life function as soon as possible following surgical and other procedures. To accomplish this goal, enhanced recovery programs are founded on a bedrock of patient education. The four main strategies are early feeding, early mobilization, goal-directed fluid therapy, and limitation of opioid analgesic agents. Within each […]

Patient education and engagement

Patient and caregiver preparation is an essential part of an ERP. The goal is to better prepare patients to play an active role in their recovery. Benefits of preoperative information include shorter hospital stay, less demand for analgesia and increased patient satisfaction (1). Developing effective patient education materials is a science as well as an […]

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