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J Pediatr Surg. 1987 Apr;22(4):304-7.

Pediatric day-care surgery: a 30-year hospital experience.

Abstract

Over a 30-year period (may 1955 to December 1985), day care surgery was performed on 39,654 patients at the Winnipeg Children's Hospital (WCH). Up to 51% of all pediatric surgical cases and 59% of elective pediatric cases, involving more than 50 different procedures, were performed annually on a day-care basis. The overall incidence of postoperative problems and admission to hospital was 1.5% and 1.1%, respectively. A unique preoperative home visiting program by nurses was demonstrably effective in reducing late cancellations by 75%. The WCH experience adds further evidence that day-care surgery in a pediatric hospital is safe and effective for a large proportion of infants and children requiring operation.

PMID:
3572685
DOI:
10.1016/s0022-3468(87)80229-4
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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