concept of a Directory of Procedures was developed in It was first published in following the hard work of the members of. BADS Council. The third. 2, expressed as a percentage of the total number of BADS procedures. 3, ( Monthly Data April and Procedures (OPCS4). 2, BADS Directory of Procedures. 3. Monograph: printed text BADS Directory of Procedures / London [United Kingdom]: British Association of Day Surgery ().

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A day surgery patient must be admitted, operated upon, and discharged bade the same calendar day and same-day discharge must have been planned from the outset.

Anaesthetic techniques aim to maximize recovery, minimize postoperative discomfort pain, nausea, vomitingand promote early safe discharge. In the UK, day surgery is defined as a patient being admitted to hospital for a planned procedure and discharged home the same calendar day.

This typically incorporates a stay of 4—6 h, but with more complex surgical procedures, longer stays may be required. The procedure must have been planned and booked as a day case before the patient’s admission to hospital. Patients who are planned as inpatients but discharged home on the day of surgery count as inpatients with zero length of stay rather than day cases. This emphasizes the importance of a patient being on a day surgery pathway from the point of surgical booking. Day surgery is not to be confused with 23 h stay surgery which is inpatient surgery with a 1 day length of stay.

Day surgery is now established practice with rates still increasing around the world and has greatly evolved since the early days of the speciality which saw minor procedures carried out on fit patients.

Now due to advances in anaesthesia and surgical techniques, day surgery is the standard pathway of care for many complex patients and procedures traditionally treated through inpatient pathways. Day surgery represents high-quality patient care with excellent patient satisfaction. Shorter hospital stays and early mobilization reduce rates of hospital-acquired infection and venous thromboembolism.

Patients overwhelmingly endorse day surgery, with smaller waiting times, less risk of cancellation, lower rates of infection, and the preference of their own surroundings to convalesce. The foundations of modern-day surgery date to the turn of the 20th century and the Glaswegian surgeon James Nicoll. His work was motivated by financial benefits and concerns over hospital infection rates and a lack of hospital beds.

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His seminal paper describing rpocedures paediatric day-case procedures was published in Unfortunately, little further progress was made for decades. Nicoll’s philosophy of early mobilization and home follow-up by a nurse went against current practice advocating prolonged hospital bed rest after surgery. The first hospital-based day surgery unit opened in the USA inbut it was before the UK caught up opening bdas day unit at the Hammersmith Hospital, London.

International expansion of day surgery units over the next two decades led to many publications advocating the benefits of day surgery, its cost-effectiveness, safety, organization, and the sheer range of surgical procedures which could be performed as day-case procedures.

The acceptance of the day procedurse philosophy was slow and was considered by many as an inappropriate use of consultants skills with a culture of junior trainees performing day-case surgical procedures.

It is also recommended that day surgery be undertaken only by senior clinicians recognizing that for successful day surgery outcomes, senior highly skilled surgeons are required. Day surgery enthusiasts came together to form associations to promote the benefits of day surgery through education, research, and implementing quality standards.

There followed a major drive to promote day surgery. The range of lf to attract a day surgery best practice tariff has since been expanded to the following list:.

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The expertise of some key units across the country has now resulted in very complex procedures being routinely performed as day cases. Successful day surgery outcomes are largely dependent on three key factors: The main aspects of a successful day surgery pathway are shown below Fig. Day surgery is now widely accepted as the default position for the vast majority of patients requiring surgery with inpatient stay chosen only by exclusion.


There are very few absolute contraindications. Successful outcomes from studies in patients with various medical co-morbidities, and also recent advances in surgical and anaesthetic techniques, have changed the criteria for day surgery patient selection.

The historical limitations on patient groups such as age, BMI, or the arbitrary ASA status are no longer thought necessary. To achieve the goals of patient selection, one needs to ask three broad questions: Day surgery selection criteria can hence be divided as described below.

Is there anything we would do for this patient by admitting them overnight which could not be done at home? If the procedure is listed in the BADS Directory of Procedures, it is probably appropriate for day surgery given appropriate surgical expertise. The procedure should not have significant risk of major postoperative complications necessitating immediate medical intervention haemorrhage, cardiovascular instability.

Urgent procedures are also appropriate for a semi-elective day-case pathway, for example, drainage of abscesses, some trauma surgery. Patient’s fitness for day surgery should be judged by functional assessment at the time of preoperative assessment. There are few medical conditions once fully optimized which would exclude a patient from day surgery. Patients with stable chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, or epilepsy are often better managed with minimal disruption to their daily routine as facilitated by day surgery.

Patients with unstable medical conditions such as unstable angina or diabetes are unlikely to be appropriate for day surgery. However, the question should be asked whether anything other than the most urgent surgery is appropriate in this patient group. If these patients do require urgent surgery, inpatient management is required for perioperative monitoring. Obese patients benefit from day surgery management with its short-acting anaesthetics and early mobilization.

Even morbid obesity is not a contraindication to day surgery. An overnight stay is unlikely to confer any benefit and in fact day-case bariatric surgery is a developing area. There is no upper age limit for day-case surgery. Increasing age does not lead to adverse day surgery outcomes 3 and being in their familiar home surroundings may reduce postoperative cognitive dysfunction. Full-term infants over 1 month are generally appropriate to have a day surgery procedure but in ex-premature infants, a higher age limit 60 weeks post-conceptual age is advised owing to the increased risk of postoperative apnoea.

It is generally recommended that after a general anaesthetic, most patients should have a responsible adult to accompany them home and remain with them for 24 h after surgery this requirement is beginning to be challenged after very minor surgery. Traditionally, this has excluded those patients living alone from day surgery. Some units however now deploy carers to patient’s homes to stay overnight enabling even these patients to be treated as day cases.

The patient must understand, engage with, and consent to the surgical procedure and for it to be performed as day surgery. Successful day surgery outcomes require good preoperative preparation.

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This has three essential components. Preoperative assessment should ideally occur as close to the decision to treat as possible to give maximum time for optimization of medical conditions, hence reducing the risk of cancellation.

If possible, it should take place within the day-case unit, allowing patients and their relatives to become accustomed to this environment and staff before the day of surgery. A nurse procdures, consultant supported preoperative assessment service is the most common model with protocols for investigations, management of medications, and other issues. Helping patients to make informed decisions by providing verbal and written information regarding planned procedures and postoperative care.

A well-informed patient is essential for achieving good day surgery outcomes; they are less likely to experience anxiety, increasing their satisfaction of proceudres whole process. There is limited time to provide patients with the vast amount of information they require about their preoperative preparation, surgical procedure, anaesthesia, and postoperative recovery. It is hence essential that verbal instructions are reinforced on a number of direcfory including: Verbal instructions should always be accompanied by clear written information.


The key requirements of a day surgery anaesthetic agent include: While these are properties desirable for all anaesthetic techniques, they are particularly important in the day surgery patient due to the requirement for rapid return to oral nutrition, mobilization, and prrocedures cognitive function.

The benefits of total i. Short-acting agents, supplemented by local anaesthetic techniques and simple oral analgesia, protocol-driven use of anti-emetic medication where required, minimal starvation times, and judicious use of i. Day surgery patients have a finite time on the day surgery unit before discharge that same day. Therefore, prompt management of pain and kf and vomiting and early mobilization are paramount.

A more rapid recovery from anaesthesia results in quicker turnaround, improved patient experience, and reduced costs. A multimodal approach to pain relief should be adopted for day surgery patients.

This abds is proecdures the remit of this article, but the key facets are:. Regular oral analgesia with paracetamol combined with long-acting non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, if not contraindicated. Avoidance of any long-acting opiates and judicious use of short-acting opiates if required for management of acute pain. PONV should be risk assessed before operation and prophylactic anti-emetics given to patient stratified at high risk.

Policies should also exist for the rapid management of any postoperative PONV as this can significantly delay discharge. The routine use of i.

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Delivering high-quality efficient anaesthetic services is a skill requiring experienced clinicians. In the same way that the Royal College of Surgeons recommended that senior surgeons are required to og high-quality day surgery outcomes, day surgery anaesthesia should aim to be a consultant-led service.

When appropriate supervision is provided, the day surgery environment however provides an excellent opportunity for training of junior colleagues in the meticulous attention to detail required for successful, efficient discharge. During the postoperative period, patients should be actively encouraged to return to their preoperative physiological state.

Experienced nursing staff trained in the practice of day surgery is essential to ensure smooth progression of patients along the day surgery pathway and the rapid turnover which is required to run an efficient unit.

During this time, the patient meets the recovery milestones and achieves the criteria for discharge. Staff here should ideally be trained to remove an advanced airway ETTallowing for a more rapid transfer from theatre and continuation with the next case. Modern drugs and surgical techniques may allow such a rapid recovery that the patient lf go directly bacs phase II recovery.

Patients should only remain in phase 1 recovery as long as is necessary to retain full consciousness and have immediate analgesic requirements met.

Acute symptoms such as pain and nausea and vomiting should be treated quickly with simple oral analgesia supplemented by short-acting opiates if required e. Discharge from phase 1 recovery should be criteria rather than time based and in the most efficient units, patients may spend no longer than 5—10 min in the phase 1 recovery area.

Expert day surgery nursing staff is crucial at this stage to provide bacs successful day surgery pathway. Segregation of day surgery from any inpatient activity is advisable to ensure that the day surgery patients are given the attention they require to encourage early nutrition, mobilization, and discharge. Information for the patient and their carers regarding what to expect and their responsibilities, so they may go home feeling confident.

Appropriate analgesia with written instructions given to the patient. Procedure-specific protocols for take-home analgesia are recommended. A telephone number where patients can access advice from a senior nurse overnight should they require it. This person must be able to give advice relating to complications of the surgical procedure undertaken. Discharge checklist for day surgery. British Association of Day Surgery. BADS,with permission.