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Finding the true track

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 24 February 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:a

“Fast track” seems to be this week's theme. In the news (p 451) the Secretary of Sate for Health announces 26 fast track surgery units, while on p 473 Douglas Wilmore and Henrik Kehlet explain what fast track surgery entails. We contribute too by publishing two fast track papers (pp 453, 460).

Fast track surgery isn't only good for politicians hoping to reduce waiting lists. As Wilmore and Kehlet explain, the combination of regional anaesthesia, minimally invasive techniques, optimal pain control, and aggressive postoperative rehabilitation reduces …

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