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Implementation of a care pathway for infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis reduces length of stay and increases parent satisfaction

Implementation of a care pathway for infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis reduces length of... IntroductionInfantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis (IHPS) is a common surgical condition, but there are no guidelines regarding preoperative fluid resuscitation. Our aim was to evaluate a novel consensus care pathway for IHPS, incorporating a standardized fluid and electrolyte replacement regime.MethodsOne hundred patients were initially reviewed and compared to thirty-three patients following the introduction of a clinical pathway, whereby infants requiring electrolyte correction received 150 ml/kg/24 h of 0.45% saline, 5% dextrose and 10 mmol KCl, with systematic blood sampling until correction was achieved. We measured time to electrolyte correction, time to surgery and total length of hospitalization. Data were described using the median and interquartile range, and differences between the groups’ categorical and continuous data were described using Chi-squared and the Mann–Whitney U–tests, respectively.ResultsTime in hours taken to correct electrolytes was reduced: 25(16.5–42) versus 9.5(4.5–24.75) p = 0.004. Time to surgery from admission in uncorrected patients decreased from 50(40.25–66.75) to 39(28.75–41.75) p = 0.018. Subsequently, there was a reduction in total length of stay: 94(71–93.5) versus 75(64.5–93.5) p = 0.025. Parental satisfaction increased from 77% in the pre-pathway group to 83% in the pathway group.ConclusionA consensus care pathway for IHPS reduces the time taken to correct preoperative electrolyte abnormalities, decreases length of hospitalization and improves parental satisfaction. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Care Coordination SAGE

Implementation of a care pathway for infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis reduces length of stay and increases parent satisfaction

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SAGE
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© The Author(s) 2016
ISSN
2053-4345
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2053-4353
DOI
10.1177/2053434516636908
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Abstract

IntroductionInfantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis (IHPS) is a common surgical condition, but there are no guidelines regarding preoperative fluid resuscitation. Our aim was to evaluate a novel consensus care pathway for IHPS, incorporating a standardized fluid and electrolyte replacement regime.MethodsOne hundred patients were initially reviewed and compared to thirty-three patients following the introduction of a clinical pathway, whereby infants requiring electrolyte correction received 150 ml/kg/24 h of 0.45% saline, 5% dextrose and 10 mmol KCl, with systematic blood sampling until correction was achieved. We measured time to electrolyte correction, time to surgery and total length of hospitalization. Data were described using the median and interquartile range, and differences between the groups’ categorical and continuous data were described using Chi-squared and the Mann–Whitney U–tests, respectively.ResultsTime in hours taken to correct electrolytes was reduced: 25(16.5–42) versus 9.5(4.5–24.75) p = 0.004. Time to surgery from admission in uncorrected patients decreased from 50(40.25–66.75) to 39(28.75–41.75) p = 0.018. Subsequently, there was a reduction in total length of stay: 94(71–93.5) versus 75(64.5–93.5) p = 0.025. Parental satisfaction increased from 77% in the pre-pathway group to 83% in the pathway group.ConclusionA consensus care pathway for IHPS reduces the time taken to correct preoperative electrolyte abnormalities, decreases length of hospitalization and improves parental satisfaction.

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International Journal of Care CoordinationSAGE

Published: Dec 1, 2015

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