Placing the patient at the centre of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols
Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) is a multimodal, evidence-based, perioperative care pathway designed to improve recovery after surgery.3
Danish Professor Henrik Kehlet pioneered the fast-track surgery in 1997. The term ERAS was adopted in 2001. The 22 components comprising modern ERAS guidelines are driving improved outcomes in reduced length of stay, reduced post-operative complications, reduced mortality and decreased re-admission rates.
We should encourage institutions that do not have an ERAS program in place to apply goal-directed therapeutic strategies because the current evidence supports patient benefit.4