Reduced LOS in colorectal surgery after ERP implementation
Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) is a multimodal approach to perioperative care that combines a range of interventions to enable early mobilisation and feeding after surgery. The feasibility, clinical effectiveness, and cost savings of an ERAS program were investigated at a major US teaching hospital.
Data were collected from consecutive patients undergoing open or laparoscopic colorectal surgery during 2 time periods, before and after implementation of an ERAS protocol. Data collected included patient demographics, operative, and peri-operative surgical and anesthesia data, need for analgesics, complications, inpatient medical costs, and 30-day readmission rates.
Outcome showed LOS reduced by 2 days (7 to 5)
“There were 99 patients in the traditional care group, and 142 in the ERAS group. The median length of stay (LOS) was 5 days in the ERAS group compared with 7 days in the traditional group (P < 0.001).”
LiDCOrapid as part of an enhanced recovery program (ERAS).