TAP blocks cut hospital stay by one-third

  1. The researchers' goal was to see whether the TAP block reduced complications and shortened the hospital stay. Results showed that the mean hospital stay dropped to less than 2.5 days after the surgical procedure, significantly lower than the 3.7 days which the University Hospitals Case Medical Center Carepathway had already described for more than 1,000 consecutive patients. The researchers reported that 27 patients went home the next day and another 35 went home 48 hours after their operations. "That's a lot better than the five or six days patients usually stay in the hospital after laparoscopic colorectal procedures, and certainly better than nine days often seen after an open operation," Dr. Delaney said. "With a third of patient leaving the day after colorectal resection, we feel these results have been remarkable."

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