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Br J Community Nurs. 2013 May;18(5):214, 216, 218-20.

Enhanced recovery, stomas and the community nurse.

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Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) is gaining interest worldwide, to improve patient care in relation to their surgery. ERAS is a set of elements that are used to guide the multidisciplinary team in caring for patients before, during and after surgery. This ERAS care challenges traditional care, but it is research based and has been shown in many settings to be effective. There are no specific recommendations for post-discharge care in the remit of the community nurse, but this is extracted from the published literature and personal experience of enhanced recovery. This article will explore issues related to ERAS and how this may affect the community nurse. Issues surrounding stoma care will be explored, including how the community nurse can aid the care of this patient group.

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