Fast Track and Rehabilitation

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The main focus is enhanced (fast-track) recovery program research in various patient groups. A three-step approach is used to:

  1. Quantify muscle-structure, muscle-function, and functional performance deficits
  2. Determine the feasibility of physical rehabilitation interventions aimed at reducing identified deficits
  3. Establish the effectiveness of physical rehabilitation interventions that have proven feasible​

Publication on the topic

Fast-track hip and knee arthroplasty : Clinical and organizational aspects​​

Background: Fast-track hip and knee arthroplasty aims at giving the patients the best available treatment at all times, being a dynamic entity. Optimization of the clinical aspects include focusing on analgesia; DVT-prophylaxis; mobilization; care principles including functional discharge criteria; patient-characteristics to predict outcome; and traditions which may be barriers in optimizing outcomes.

Methods: A thesis by post.doc. Henrik Husted explores the fast-track set-up and its components, the optimizing of analgesia by using a compression bandage in total knee arthroplasty, safety aspects following fast-track in the form of few readmissions in general and the detailed description of which clinical and organizational factors detain patients in hospital following fast-track hip and knee arthroplasty

Conclusion: The findings provide substantial, important new knowledge on clinical and organizational aspects of fast-track hip and knee arthroplasty – with concomitant documented high degrees of safety (morbidity/mortality) and patient satisfaction. Also, improvements in information and motivation of the patients, preoperative identification of patients needing special attention and detailed economic studies of fast- track are warranted. ​

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