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Rapid Recovery Symposium 2010

            

                                                                         Professor Henrik Kehlet

Why is your patient still in hospital?

One hundred orthopaedic surgeons and anaesthetists from seventeen European countries gathered in Barcelona for the Rapid Recovery Symposium on 4-5 November, 2010.  

 

Across Europe, there is a large variation in the length of stay after total knee or hip replacement surgery, with patients spending anywhere from 3 days to 14 days in hospital and the symposium explored the simple, but crucial question: why are they there?


Chaired by the pioneer of “fast-track” surgery, Professor Henrik Kehlet, Prof, MD, PhD, section of Surgical Pathophysiology, Rigshospitalet Copenhagen University, delegates heard a number of presentations about the latest developments in this field.

 

The chairman ended the meeting with a call to action: “Spread the message that rapid recovery programmes produce great improvements for patients and the hospital,” concluded Professor Kehlet.

 

Overall the symposium was seen as a great success and feedback was extremely positive. The 2011 Rapid Recovery Symposium will take place on 3-4 November in Berlin, Germany. There will be additional national symposia in the UK and Sweden throughout 2011.


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