Does Implementation of Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) Protocols in Colorectal Surgery Improve Patient Outcomes?

Kristen A. Ban, Julia R. Berian, Clifford Y. Ko

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Abstract

Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) protocols are multimodal perioperative care pathways designed to accelerate recovery by minimizing the physiologic stress of a surgical procedure. Benefits of ERAS implementation in colorectal surgery include reduced length of stay and decreased complications without an increase in readmissions. Though there is evidence associating individual ERAS protocol elements (e.g., preoperative carbohydrate loading, judicious perioperative fluid administration, and early initiation of postoperative nutrition) with improved outcomes, ensuring high compliance with all elements of an ERAS protocol will maximize benefits to the patient. After ERAS implementation, data collection on protocol process measures can help providers target education and interventions to improve protocol compliance and patient outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-113
Number of pages5
JournalClinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Enhanced Recovery after Surgery
  • fast-track surgery
  • outcomes

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Review

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