THE 115TH ABBOTT NUTRITION RESEARCH CONFERENCE
Julie K. Marosky Thacker, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Duke University Medical Center
Department of Surgery, Division of Advanced Oncologic and GI Surgery
Durham, North Carolina, USA
Perioperative medicine is a relatively new field with less scientific proof than one might think. Dr Thacker opened the 115th Abbott Nutrition Research Conference with her keynote address focusing on “understanding why we do what we do,” will improve outcomes, decrease costs, and benefit the science and the industry of perioperative nutrition for gastrointestinal (GI) surgeries. She argues that while there are many regulations and metrics in place to improve the delivery of services, we lack the ability to define and enforce evidence-based care.
Worldwide, healthcare leaders are writing and adopting Enhanced Recovery protocols to improve surgical outcomes and the patient experience. Dr Thacker explains that the impact of decreasing complications has a much greater impact on the overall cost of operations. She concludes with the potential impact of combining our learnings from perioperative care and nutrition to optimize surgical outcomes and decrease cost of GI surgeries.