From the first request, our team will advise the referring department regarding to nutrition, antibiotic treatment and imaging. CT- and MR- imaging will be transferred to our PACS-system for evaluation and used for planning of the future treatment. After arrival to the department at Hvidovre Hospital and the initial treatment, the clinical follow-up will be discussed at weekly conferences with participation by gastroenterologists, surgeons, endoscopists, microbiologists, intensivists and specialist nurses.
We follow a standardized treatment algorithm and all clinical decisions are documented in the patient file. Patients with organ failure are treated at the intensive or semi-intensive departments. When the patients are stabilized they will be transferred to our stationary departments.
Follow-up on all patients
After discharge, all patients will be followed-up in our out-patient-clinic to make sure that timely diagnostics and treatment of eventual late complications, i.e. recurrent local collections or development of endocrine or exocrine insufficiency. Life still advice of tobacco and alcohol is a part of the follow-up. Patients with gallstone disease will be offered biliary sphincterotomy and/or cholecystectomy to prevent new attacks of acute pancreatitis.
At monthly conferences mostly patient with complicated chronic pancreatitis and other benign pancreatic diseases from the out patient-clinic or from referring hospitals are discussed. Also, our monthly conferences serve as platform for discussion of up-coming research projects, newest guidelines and scientific papers.