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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsHello. And welcome to week three of perioperative medicine in action. We are now halfway through the course. This week, we'll be looking in detail at protocol driven perioperative care being used to improve outcomes and reduce inequality, with a particular focus on enhanced recovery after surgery. We'll begin by hearing from one of the founding fathers of enhanced recovery, Professor Henrik Kehlet of Copenhagen University. Before talking with experts in the field of preassessment and perioperative research, we will learn from patients about their experience of preoperative workup and complications after surgery. And look at innovative ways that are being used to engage health care staff and patients with enhanced recovery.

Skip to 0 minutes and 53 secondsThis week, we will also acknowledge the work being done with protocolised care in emergency surgery by learning about two key UK nationwide programmes, the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit and The National Hip Fracture Network. We will showcase the ELPQUIC quality improvement project to inspire you to see that with some simple interventions lives really can be saved.

Welcome to Week 3

Welcome to Week 3 of Perioperative Medicine in Action. As you have heard above, the theme for this week is protocols in both elective and emergency surgery.

We will start by examining the enhanced recovery pathway. We will hear about its development from its founder, Professor Henrik Kehlet, and then examine the importance of the preoperative workup and the evidence base behind each step in the protocol. We will explore some ways in which both healthcare professionals and patients can remain engaged with protocols to ultimately improve patient outcomes.

The second part of the week looks at emergency care pathways. We will explore some of the national audits reviewing care of hip fracture patients and emergency laparotomy management as well as learning about successful quality improvement projects in this area.

Before you start your learning, begin the week by examining how you feel about protocols in healthcare by taking part in the poll in the next step.

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