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Table 2 Perioperative care item

From: Functional recovery is considered the most important target: a survey of dedicated professionals

Care item Mean (SD)
Optimizing fluid balance 10.28 (1.22)
Preoperative counselling by nurse, anaesthetist and surgeon 10.26 (1.10)
Promoting early and scheduled mobilisation 10.24 (1.19)
Avoiding nasogastric tube after the operation 9.71 (1.86)
Allowing normal diet at will after the operation 9.70 (1.49)
Antimicrobial prophylaxis and skin preparation 9.62 (1.97)
Preoperative fasting kept at absolute minimum 9.41 (2.08)
Oral carbohydrate loading preoperatively 8.75 (2.40)
Stimulation of gut mobility 8.65 (2.35)
Avoiding a wound drain 8.56 (2.49)
Avoiding oral bowel preparation preoperatively 8.53 (2.45)
Using epidural analgesia for approximately 48 h postop 8.44 (2.78)
Avoiding preanaesthetic sedative medication 8.14 (2.57)
  1. Mean rating of the care items amongst all responders, listed in descending order of importance (scale 1 = not important, 11 = most important).