Enhanced perioperative care in emergency general surgery: the WSES position paper

World J Emerg Surg. 2023 Oct 6;18(1):47. doi: 10.1186/s13017-023-00519-2.


Enhanced perioperative care protocols become the standard of care in elective surgery with a significant improvement in patients' outcome. The key element of the enhanced perioperative care protocol is the multimodal and interdisciplinary approach targeted to the patient, focused on a holistic approach to reduce surgical stress and improve perioperative recovery. Enhanced perioperative care in emergency general surgery is still a debated topic with little evidence available. The present position paper illustrates the existing evidence about perioperative care in emergency surgery patients with a focus on each perioperative intervention in the preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative phase. For each item was proposed and approved a statement by the WSES collaborative group.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Elective Surgical Procedures* / methods
  • Humans
  • Perioperative Care* / methods