Length of hospital stay was defined as the number of days between date of surgical procedure as recorded in HES/PEDW, and either discharge or death.
The audit uses length of stay >5 days as an outcome because it is in keeping with the median length of stay reported in randomised trials of enhanced recovery programmes and large cohort studies. It reflects good quality post operative care and complication free recovery.
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