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Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) – Colorectal Surgery Summary

Published: by American Hospital Association/Health Research & Educational Trust

Topic: Safety Network to Accelerate Performance (SNAP) | Resource type: Guides

Safety Network to Accelerate Performance (SNAP)

What’s a SNAP?

A voluntary learning networks of approximately 15 hospitals that collaborate to learn more about emerging best practices related to HIIN topics across a wide variety of hospitals. Learnings for these SNAPs are shared with all HRET HIIN hospitals.

Why ERAS? - Rationale:

A recent study showed that enhanced recovery after surgery (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. Perioperative counseling is an important element of ERAS and it supports HRET’s efforts to enhance patient/family engagement in care. Central elements of the ERAS pathway address factors that keep patients in the hospital after surgery and help clarify how they interact to affect patient recovery. Additionally, the ERAS pathway provides guidance to all involved in perioperative care, helping them work as a well-coordinated team to provide the best care. ERAS also nicely aligns with other HIIN efforts including but not limited to SSI reduction, Wake UP and Get UP.

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