Criteria Led Discharge ( CLD ) for Elective Surgical Patient on J81 SJUH

Publication: 17/05/2017  
Next review: 18/08/2024  
Standard Operating Procedure
ID: 5034 
Approved By: ACC Clinical Governance 
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Criteria Led Discharge (CLD) for Elective Surgical Patient on J81 SJUH


Background and indications for standard operating procedure/protocol

Applicable to
Patient who have :

  • routine elective surgery
  • Uncomplicated post-operative course
  • Can be discharged by nursing staff J81, without parent team review

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Procedure method (step by step)

Exclusions :

  • Deteriorating patient
  • Use of vasopressors/inotropes high flow oxygen
  • Unstable co-morbidities eg angina
  • Any concern- parent team to liaise with J81 critical care consultant
  • Non elective surgery eg acute surgery/ medical patients
  • Post –operative patients with management of unstable medical comorbidities
  • High flow oxygen/ fluid resuscitation/ inotropes/vasopressors/ new agitation

Applicable to

  • Major Liver resections (eg hemihepatectomy, trisectionectomy)
    1 night
  • Major Pancreas resections (eg Whipples, total pancreatectomy
    1 night
  • Stomach resections (eg partial/total gastrectomy
    1 night
  • Oesophagectomy
    3 nights
  • Bladder resections (Cystectomy, cystoprostatectomy)
    1 night
  • Colorectal resections
    1 night
  • Gynaecological procedures
    1 night
  • Lung resection
    1 night


  • Identify patient 0600- undergone elective procedure as listed above, uncomplicated stay for target time (see above), co-morbidities stable
  • Assess suitability- No need for vasopressors/inotropes, fluid resuscitation, high flow oxygen
  • Apply NEWS score- NEWS score ≤ 4… Suitable for discharge
  • Email potential discharge CLD list to Bed Manager, site matron and j81 senior team
  • Email out all potential step-downs. “Borderline” patients can be reviewed by j81 consultant 0800.
  • Contact the surgical team (SHO or above)- to inform them patient meets CLD and will be discharge to ward
  • If the surgical team requests a longer stay on HDU, this must be discussed directly with a critical care consultant
  • Patients who do not strictly meet Criteria Led Discharge can also potentially be discharged at the discretion of parent team/ critical care consultant

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Record: 5034

To standardise and Optimise patient flow through Surgical High Dependency J81

Clinical condition:
Target patient group: Patients on J81
Target professional group(s): Secondary Care Doctors
Secondary Care Nurses
Adapted from:

Evidence base

Not supplied

Approved By

ACC Clinical Governance

Document history

LHP version 1.0

Related information

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