Recovery from surgery quicker with hospitals' new protocol

March 31, 2015 1:51 PM

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Recovery from surgery quicker with hospitals' new protocol

Hospitals are starting to abandon the time-honored drill for surgery patients— including fasting, heavy IV fluids, powerful post-op narcotics and bed rest— amid growing evidence that the lack of nutrients, fluid overload and drug side effects can do more harm than good.

Instead, they are turning to “enhanced recovery” protocols that are easier on patients, help them get better faster with fewer infections and other complications and reduce health-care costs.

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