American Hospital Association
Health Research & Educational Trust


Safety Networks to Accelerate Performance (SNAP) are voluntary learning networks that will address emerging best practices related to HIIN topics. Early-adopter hospitals will set forth bold aims and test new practices using effective measurements and our experienced improvement infrastructure to develop interventions that can be disseminated to all HRET HIIN hospitals. HRET will be conducting several SNAPs throughout the HIIN contract that vary in topic and duration.

If you know or if you are an early-adopter hospital and would be interested in contributing to a new knowledge base, please submit an application and join us!

The first SNAP topic: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) focusing on colorectal surgery

A recent study showed that ERAS programs reduced the need for hospital stays by about 30 percent, or more than two days, after major surgery. ERAS protocols are multimodal perioperative care pathways designed to achieve early recovery after surgical procedures by maintaining preoperative organ function and reducing the profound stress response following surgery.


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  • Hospitals that have no prior ERAS implementation, but are interested in implementing ERAS for colorectal surgeries;
  • Hospitals that have implemented ERAS in at least one other surgical subspecialty and have a desire to spread ERAS to colorectal units; or
  • Hospitals that have completely implemented ERAS in colorectal surgeries and are interested in serving as SNAP advisors. (Advisors will be asked to join monthly calls, as available, to provide feedback and coaching. They may also be asked to mentor an implementing hospital on a specific topic. No data submission is required, but advisors must present data prior to ERAS implementation at their facility to demonstrate effectiveness.)
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  • Monthly check-in calls
  • Monthly technical assistance/subject matter expert calls with team leaders and other members, as needed
  • Test key ERAS bundle elements in between monthly check-in calls
  • Prepare for and follow up after monthly check-in calls to ensure team is on track and moving forward with action plans
  • Monthly internal hospital team meetings preceding monthly check-in calls
  • Champions and those with key individual responsibilities to communicate with constituencies
  • Submit baseline data at the beginning of the SNAP and continuously submit monitoring data throughout the duration of the SNAP
  • Transparency and peer-sharing during monthly check-in calls
  • Support from surgical leadership
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