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    O07 - Supportive and Surgical Care (ID 136)

    • Event: WCLC 2013
    • Type: Oral Abstract Session
    • Track: Surgery
    • Presentations: 1
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      O07.05 - Guidelines to Prepare and Support Patients Undergoing a Lung Resection (ID 101)

      10:30 - 12:00  |  Author(s): S. Dixon

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      Lung cancer affects nearly 40,000 patients per year in the UK of which 5000 (12%) will undergo major lung resection for primary lung cancer. Approximately 15% of patients will have complications post operatively. Once the patient develops a post surgical pulmonary complication mortality increases from 0.5% to 12%, ITU admission rate increases from 1.5% to 26% and the length of stay increases from 5 to 14 days. A Lack of preparedness prevents patients immediately engaging in post operative activities successfully and can result in an increase in patient’s anxiety, post operative complications and length of stay in hospital. The United Kingdom National Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses Thoracic Surgical Group (TSG) has produced this Guideline to aid health care professionals in the preparation and support of patients undergoing a lung resection with an aim to promote patient self management.

      Following a literature review and discussion amongst this specialist group the Guideline was developed focusing on key topic areas and interventions which included: poor nutrition, before and during the healing process is associated with poor wound healing risks of hospital death and pulmonary complications after lung cancer resection are increased by smoking patients who receive a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation and early mobilisation achieve earlier discharge from hospital and significantly reduce in hospital morbidities and complication rates patient’s satisfaction regarding pain management significantly correlates to the preoperative information they have received good quality patient information is vital in reducing patient’s anxiety and improving the overall patient experience

      The Guideline was developed to support any health professional involved in the provision of care for patients who are undergoing thoracic surgery. The Guideline includes information for health professionals providing examples of current best practice and information for patients. The aim of the Guideline is to support self management, support patients through the surgical pathway, and improve patient outcomes and patient experience. The full guideline can be found at

      The Guideline is relevant to all patients who are undergoing a lung resection. The Guideline includes a series of broad statements and where necessary local procedures should be developed to complement the guidelines in each clinical area. The Guideline compliments the Surgical Follow Up Guideline also produced by the NLCFN Thoracic Surgical Group.

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