Delivering major breast surgery safely as a day case or one night stay (excluding reconstruction) – NHS Improvement – December 2011

Posted on January 6, 2012. Filed under: Oncology, Surgery | Tags: |

Delivering major breast surgery safely as a day case or one night stay (excluding reconstruction) – NHS Improvement – December 2011

“Why should major breast surgery be an inpatient procedure?

• It’s a relatively short operation
• Low post operative pain
• Patients can mobilise, eat anddrink early
• Rare post operative events
• Patients want to return to normal life as quickly as possible.

In 2007, NHS Improvement Transforming Inpatient Care Programme as part of the Cancer Reform Strategy (2007) and recently the Improving Cancer Outcomes Strategy (2011) redesigned the breast care surgical pathway (excluding reconstruction) with the working hypothesis that:
“Streamlining of the breast surgical pathway could reduce length of stay by 50% and release 25% of unnecessary bed days for 80% of major breast surgery (excluding reconstruction).” ”

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