June 1, 2023

He Juan Ramón Jiménez University Hospital brings together this Thursday afternoon and tomorrow Friday medical specialists and nursing professionals at the I Andalusian Day of Intensified Recovery, which will be held at the Law School of the University of Huelva. will have nationally recognized speakers in this novel field whose purpose is to optimize the comprehensive recovery of the patient undergoing complex surgery.

Dr. Rocío Pérez Quintero, a specialist in General Surgery and the Digestive System, and Dr. Juan Víctor Lorente Olazábal, head of the Anesthesiology, Resuscitation and Pain Therapy service at the Juan Ramón Jiménez University Hospital, are the promoters of this initiative, which to “disclose the new evidence on the comprehensive recovery of the patient and establish it in our hospitals on a day-to-day basis, due to the benefits it entails”, they have indicated, “following the recommendations of the RICA 21 guide and the intensified recovery protocols ( AGES)”.

The intensified recovery clinical pathway constitutes a new approach to the care of surgical patients that seeks to identify, disseminate and promote the implementation of the best actions based on scientific evidence, with the aim of minimizing variability in clinical practice, improving results with the decrease in complications and mortality, shorten hospital stays and in Critical Care Units and incorporate into the patient back to his usual life as soon as possible.

These scientific conferences have the endorsement of the GERM group (Spanish Multimodal Rehabilitation Group), responsible for the preparation, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, of the document “Vía Clínica de Recuperación del Adulto (via RICA 21)” that facilitates professionals some recommendations based on consensus and the participation of the different scientific entities involved.

The enhanced recovery protocols, in English, Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS), have brought about a radical change in the management of surgical patients, having also spread to other non-surgical medical specialties. In them, the approach of the care circuit is drastically modified, from diagnosis to discharge, with the patient and her family becoming the protagonists of the entire surgical process.

The implementation of these procedures requires exhaustive multidisciplinary work. For this reason, the scientific committee and the organizer of this day has been made up of specialists in General Surgery and the Digestive System, Anesthesiology, Gynecology, Endocrinology and Nutrition, Urology, as well as Nursing and the Continuing Education Unit, among others.

“The hero’s journey”, a script written by a patient expressly for this occasion, will be the theme of the presentations. Thus, with an original design, those attending the conference will go on a journey together, with a real theatrical representation of the patient’s circuit from diagnosis to medical discharge, following the recommendations of the RICA guide in each process. The author of the play will narrate, prior to each round table, the scene that the hospital professionals will represent, accompanied by some actors.

Finally, to encourage professionals to put this multidisciplinary path into practice through teamwork, they will have nationally recognized coaching. The sessions can also be followed via streaming.

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